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County appoints new Boulder Township constable

Updated Tuesday, April 6, 2010 | 1:09 p.m.

James Reed

James Reed

The Clark County Commission appointed a former Boulder City Police lieutenant as acting Boulder Township constable Tuesday to replace Larry Markotay, who announced his retirement March 29 after being accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s house and stealing several firearms.

Commissioner Steve Sisolak, who represents Boulder City, said he was approached by many people who wished to fill the position, but nominated James Reed because he has promised not to run for the position in the election. He will serve as constable until January 3, 2011, when Markotay’s term was to end.

Reed has served as an officer with the Boulder City Police Department for 20 years before retiring in August 2008. Three weeks after his retirement as a police officer, he said, he began working part-time as a contract federal court security officer with the U.S. Marshals Service.

Reed said he wants to make positive changes in the position to make the transition smoother for the next constable. He said he has no desire to run for Boulder Township constable in the November election.

“I know there’s some problems in that office that need to be settled out, and I’m a problem solver,” Reed said.

Markotay submitted a retirement letter to the Clark County Commission March 29, saying he served as the Boulder Township constable for 15 years and is retiring for personal reasons. He is currently facing felony charges of burglary while in possession of a firearm, three counts of grand larceny of a firearm and two counts of possession of stolen property.

Reed is also a POST Category-I peace officer and a 2005 graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

Constables are elected officials and have authority for the service of civil processes, including documents, orders and evictions that are issued out of various courts. They are entitled to collect fees for performing various functions and duties, which are set by state statute.

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