Las Vegas official Robert Telles, accused of killing journalist Jeff German, could be paid for months

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An elected official who allegedly murdered an investigative journalist in Las Vegas will remain in the job for months and will still be paid while in prison.

Clark County public administrator Robert Telles was denied bail last week after being charged in the stabbing death of Jeff German, a Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter who investigated on Telles’ alleged misconduct in office.

But as he waits behind bars, a county chief said Telles will continue to be paid.

“As of now, he is still elected and will be paid while he is in jail,” Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom said. told WSAV on Friday.

Segerblom said voters have an opportunity to recall Telles, who lost a Democratic primary in June. But 100,000 signatures are needed to advance the ballot initiative.

It is also possible that Telles will resign.

“We can take the scope of the job away from him, but as long as he has the title and gets the salary, that’s it, because the voters chose him,” Segerblom told the broadcaster.

Clark County Public Administrator Robert “Rob” Telles (right) appears in court with bandages on his arms.
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Clark County Public Administrator Robert “Rob” Telles is escorted to court,
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Jeff German
Jeff German was murdered outside his home.
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Such would be paid $130,000 a year.

County officials said they have already taken action against Telles, including barring him from all Clark County facilities. The county also said it told its staff not to report to it a few months ago, which will continue until a new administrator starts after the November election. reported the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“The public administrator is an elected office and the county is considering its options under the law regarding Robert Telles’ current status as a public administrator,” the county said Thursday.

The public administrator secures the property of the deceased while relatives or an executor are found, reported the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The office also handles a deceased person’s estate when families cannot, the newspaper said.

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Robert “Rob” Telles was denied bail.
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Las Vegas police have released photos of the suspect they believe is involved in the death of local journalist Jeff German.
Las Vegas police have released photos of the suspect they believe is involved in the death of local journalist Jeff German.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

German, who has exposed political corruption and government wrongdoing for decades, was fatally stabbed outside his home by Telles on Sept. 2 during a confrontation, Las Vegas police say. His body was found a day later.

A Las Vegas police captain said Telles, 45, was shocked to learn that the German, 69, was investigating other alleged wrongdoings by the Democrat leading to the murder.

German has previously reported an alleged affair between Telles and a female employee in his office, though both have denied it, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

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