RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) — With less than two weeks to go before the election, there are new developments in the Washoe County Sheriff’s race between Chuck Allen and Tim Kuzanek.
News 4 has obtained a copy of an ethics complaint has been filed against Kuzanek. The complaint was filed on August 5 by a man named John Litz. It lists several allegations, including accusing Kuzanek of using government time or property, including his badge and uniform, for personal benefit.
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The question is can you use your badge to campaign? That will be up to the Nevada Ethics Commission. According to Nevada Ethics Commission Acting Director Yvonne Navarrez Goodson, it depends whether you are on or off duty, but in general, they do not want candidates using their current position to benefit their campaigns.
News 4 contacted Undersheriff Tim Kuzanek about the complaint. He referred us to his attorney, who said Kuzanek does not feel this complaint is valid, but the Kuzanek camp will not comment any further, because ethics complaints are supposed to be kept confidential.
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) — There are five candidates for Washoe County Sheriff, and News 4 is interviewing as many candidates as we can.
Allen, Chuck — Wednesday, May 28
Beltron, James — Tuesday, May 27
Butko, David — Friday, May 23
Kuzanek, Tim — Tuesday, June 3
Lopey, Jim — Thursday, May 29
News 4 also interviewed most candidates for Reno Mayor. To see the Mayoral Candidate series, click here.