The Bear Growls: County employees allegedly admit taking bribes from casinos — Will Gaming Control Board do anything about it?

Gaming Control Board Member Randall Sayre

Previously reported quote from Gaming Control Board member Randall Sayre: “I don’t think it is right, at this point, to push a great deal of expense through the entire industry to go look for a maybe.”

From page 40 of the recently released Kessler Report:

… some Building Division and CCFD inspectors did not want to create a hostile environment at the hotels where they were assigned to inspect complaints since it was alleged that certain inspectors receive comps from the hotels including meals, show tickets, stays at other properties and branded clothing.

From the Nevada Revised Statutes:

NRS 281A.400 General requirements; exceptions. A code of ethical standards is hereby established to govern the conduct of public officers and employees:

1. A public officer or employee shall not seek or accept any gift, service, favor, employment, engagement, emolument or economic opportunity which would tend improperly to influence a reasonable person in his position to depart from the faithful and impartial discharge of his public duties.

If the allegations in the Kessler Report are true, presumably the District Attorney or the Attorney General will handle the criminal prosecutions of the crooked inspectors who accepted the bribes.

From the Nevada Gaming Regulations:5.010 Methods of operation.1. It is the policy of the commission and the board to require that all establishments wherein gaming is conducted in this state be operated in a manner suitable to protect the public health, safety, morals, good order and general welfare of the inhabitants of the State of Nevada.2. Responsibility for the employment and maintenance of suitable methods of operation rests with the licensee, and willful or persistent use or toleration of methods of operation deemed unsuitable will constitute grounds for license revocation or other disciplinary action.(Amended: 1/69.)

5.011 Grounds for disciplinary action. The board and the commission deem any activity on the part of any licensee, his agents or employees, that is inimical to the public health, safety, morals, good order and general welfare of the people of the State of Nevada, or that would reflect or tend to reflect discredit upon the State of Nevada or the gaming industry, to be an unsuitable method of operation and shall be grounds for disciplinary action by the board and the commission in accordance with the Nevada Gaming Control Act and the regulations of the board and the commission. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the following acts or omissions may be determined to be unsuitable methods of operation:1. Failure to exercise discretion and sound judgment to prevent incidents which might reflect on the repute of the State of Nevada and act as a detriment to the development of the industry. …It is obvious to me that issuing comps including stays at other properties to County inspectors who then falsify public records, ignore obvious code violations, and allow shoddy construction work, putting patrons’ lives at risk, are unsuitable methods of operation.

Will the Gaming Control Board belatedly make an effort to do its duty, or will it continue, by its inaction, to help enable these crimes to go on being committed? I suspect the usual “see no evil, hear no evil” do-nothing attitude of the Board will prevail once again. I hope I am wrong.


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