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Ethics inw .00stigation shows Matson abused authority by Genesee Martin Mirror Staff In a request for opinion from a person listed only as a public official alleged that former Nye Coun- ty Assessor Shirley Matson abused her position, first calling for the arrest of assessor's of- fice employee Sheree Stringer and then attempting to fire her. In addition, Matson apparently ordered the re-appraisals of cer- tain properties, something that was deemed as a cause against the former assessor, according to the June 2 opinion. The re- quest for opinion was submitted over the same incident which took place last September dur- ing the campaign season. Mat- son and Stringer both ran for the assessor's position in one of the ugliest campaigns of the politi- cal season. The Nevada Com- mission on Ethics issued its Former Nye County Assessor Shirley Matson outlined foregoing allegations to the commission to hold a hearing and render an opinion," the opinion continued. It also outlined notice and action if the "subject" or Matson does not appear for the hear- ing, reporting that the, "' leged violations specified in the determination of the investiga- tory panel that there is just and sufficient cause for the commis- sion to render an opinion may be considered as true." This marks the second time Matson has been called before the Nevada Commission on Ethics to answer to a complaint. In 2011, Matson sent a series of what were reported as "racist" and discriminatory emails con- cerning workers at the Pahrump Jail facility. The workers were primarily Spanish-American with Matson demanding that the sheriff investigate all of the construction workers to deter- MIRROR- Thursday, June 18, 2015 13 "k INSURED.k BRUBAKER'S FREE EST. TREE PRUNING REMOVAL, STUMP GRINDING (775) 253-0531 EQUIPMENT KNOWLEDGE EXPERIENCE 40' BOOMLIFT, BOBCAT, TRACTOR, DUMP TRAILER SEE OUR AD PG.175 opinion that cause existed in three separate issues concerning the former assessor and her actions to- ward Stringer, who was campaigning against Mat- son for the county spot. Three separate issues were raised, the first of which was titled the Stringer Investigation where criminal charges were filed against Stringer, then a candidate and currently serving as county assessor. The second item was termed the "McGill Termina- tion" and detailed both detective Joe McGill and his wife Tammy. The last item deals with the re-ap- praisals of certain real properties. As previously reported in The Mirror, Matson placed Stringer on administrative leave on Septem- ber 8, 2014 after Sfringer installed a webcam at her work station to monitor activity while away from her desk. Matson attempted to have Stringer arrest- ed and when that failed, placed the county employee on leave. However, according to the opinion, Mat- son went further, firing a woman who was working part-time in the office because she was married to the investigating detective who apparemly refused to arrest Stringer. "Evidence provided supported that as a result of Stringer's concerns pertaining to the campaign including the concern that she might lose her job, Stringer placed a 'hidden camera' in her office for the purposes of viewing Matson's conduct," the opinion read. Upon learning of the camera, Mat- son filed a criminal complaint with the Nye County Sheriff's Office. The investigating detective did not feel evidence existed to proceed with a criminal complaint, at which point Matson terminated the employment of the detective's wife and filed a "... Notice of County's Intent to Terminate Stringer's employment." The opinion does not stop there and goes on to state, "Additional evidence was presented relating to Matson's actions requiring certain employees to conduct re-appraisals of real properties of certain county officials with whom Matson had a history of disputes, outside the normal cycle including that the appraisals were not in compliance with applicable regulations. "Therefore, the investigatory panel refers the al- leged violations of NRS (Nevada Revised Statutes) 280A.020 and NRS 281A.400... as related to the mine if they were illegally in the state. Since that time, Mat- son also made headlines after removing a CD from the out-going mail- box which serves the county offices including the assessor, treasurer and others. The CD was marked Federal Bureau of Investigation or FBI and was reported to the agency by the post of- fice when Matson appar- ently dropped the single piece of mail off and it appeared to be tampered with. 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