Judge orders County Recorder to leave office
David Bloys -
News for Public Officials
Calling it a “daunting and difficult decision” District Judge Doug
Herndon has ordered Frances Deane to clean out her desk and leave the
office of Clark County Recorder. The judge ruled she will lose her title
before her term is up in November.
The order was in response to a
complaint filed Aug. 16
District Attorney David Roger. Roger told KLAS Channel 8 that he filed
the complaint out of concern that taxpayers were continuing to pay
Deane's $90,000 salary "when there is clear evidence that she has
committed a crime."
Dean has been indicted for copying and selling approximately 60 million
pages of real property records that spanned thirty two years of the
records filed with the county. According to police she sold the records
to a variety of buyers for a total of $250,000.
Some of the cash payments were allegedly delivered to Deane hidden
inside stuffed animals.
Deane was ordered to step aside by the county manager following the
launch of the federal investigation. She had been on paid medical leave
since the beginning of the year, still making her full salary and
receiving full benefits.
Deane’s attorney said they will appeal the decision but Deane will have
to leave office in the interim.
To learn more, please read "County
Recorder Charged with 19 Felony Counts."