CLARK COUNTY —
He said he works primarily in real estate litigation and only rarely in criminal cases, but said in his current position he has continued to learn skills he can use as the county prosecutor.
Those skills, he said, include managing human resources, something he feels is crucial to successfully serving the residents of Clark County as prosecutor.
“Obviously, having the experience of being in the trenches for a number of years as a deputy prosecuting attorney, I think that really helps you know what you have to do to in managing the office, for one thing, because first and foremost that is what the role of the prosecuting attorney is, is properly managing your human resources there,” Bottorff said.
He would start, he said, by implementing training programs for his deputy prosecutors and area lawmen.
“I think it is imperative that you have a pretty solid training program for your folks, and, coupled with that, training programs for the police officers because if they don’t understand what is necessary to try a good case then you are never going to get good police reports submitted.”
Bottorff said the prosecutor’s office benefits from working with the officers who take the initial police report, carry out the processes of collecting evidence and statements from witnesses and lay the foundation for prosecutors who handle the cases.
“To me, it is a better use of public resources to have a training program in place where my deputy prosecutors are getting trained to know what is a good case and what is a bad case, and when it is a good case and you have to take it to trial, this is how you try it,” Bottorff said. “Now, [in Clark County], I haven’t seen that. Part of that is there is just a lack of funding, for right or wrong.”