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September 24, 2013

Adams no longer Clark County sheriff’s spokesman

No further disciplinary action taken, for now

CLARK COUNTY — Chuck Adams is still working for the Clark County Sheriff’s Department, though his duties have changed a bit in the wake of allegations that caused him to suspend his campaign for sheriff.

Adams, a major with the sheriff’s department, is still in charge of fleet maintenance and special events for the department, said Sheriff Danny Rodden. But Adams will no longer serve as the department’s spokesperson.

Adams suspended his campaign Friday in response to the News and Tribune asking him about allegations leveled against him by Larry Brooks, a donor to his campaign. Brooks alleged that Adams offered him a no-show, $70,000-per-year job at the sheriff’s department in exchange for larger campaign contributions. Adams failed to file paperwork with the Board of Elections declaring his candidacy within the 10-day filing deadline, despite receiving more than $13,000 in in-kind donations from Brooks more than two years ago.

Brooks provided the News and Tribune with a recording in which he and Adams can be heard having a discussion about the possibility of Brooks working with the sheriff’s department. Brooks said the conversation took place in Adams’ office on Feb. 14, 2012. Adams denies that Brooks was offered a position in a possible Adams-run sheriff’s department.

Rodden said no disciplinary action will be taken against Adams at this time.

“I’m not going to do anything about that at this point, but that situation’s still up in the air,” Rodden said.

Instead, Rodden says he will serve as spokesman.

Rodden said he was not aware if Adams had conducted campaign business on department premises, he said.

“That is prohibited. They’re not supposed to do that,” Rodden said. “I had no knowledge that that occurred. His office is a couple of doors down from me, but I’m not always here and I don’t know what happens when I’m not here.”

Rodden does not have any employees working for him under an arrangement similar to what Brooks alleges Adams offered him, he said.

“I’m dedicated to [my job], and everybody that works for me is dedicated to it, too,” Rodden said.

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