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Constable Bonaventura files lawsuit to keep his office from being abolished

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John Bonaventura, Las Vegas Township constable

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A new wrinkle has been added to the ongoing feud between Las Vegas Township Constable John Bonaventura and the Clark County commissioners.

Bonaventura filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the commissioners in an attempt to prevent them from taking action to abolish his position. A hearing is scheduled for Monday, one day before the commissioners were set to discuss eliminating his job.

In the lawsuit, Bonaventura is seeking to challenge the constitutionality of the commissioners' attempt to abolish the constable’s office. The lawsuit alleges that his office has been subject to questionable acts, such as the county taking $2 million of the constable funds without public notice, agenda or vote.

The lawsuit also said that his self-supported office saved the county millions of dollars in 2012 through the 75,000 actions it processed.

Bonaventura’s office has been plagued by controversy since he was elected as constable in 2010. His office has faced allegations of sexual assault and misconduct by officers in the field, and a lawsuit he filed against other local constables has created a legal headache for the county.

He also was arrested Feb. 12 and charged with drunken driving after he failed a field sobriety test.

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