Carson City – The League of Women Voters of Northern Nevada held four election forums this month. The Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall in Carson City was the venue for each event.
The third in the series was held on October 15, and the forum focused on contested races in Carson City to include Board of Supervisors Ward 1, Justice of the Peace Department 2, and Sheriff. Roughly 200 people attended the gathering and submitted written questions. The moderator was Mary Laveroti.
Carson City Justice of the Peace Department 2
Carson City Justice of the Peace principal functions:
The Carson City Justice and Municipal Court is statutorily limited in jurisdiction. It has authority to determine probable cause, hold arraignments/first appearances, and conduct trials on misdemeanors, Driving Under the Influence (DUI’s) and traffic offenses. In addition, the Court sets bails, issues warrants, monitors suspended sentences for compliance of conditions and conducts felony preliminary hearings.
The Court is responsible for assessing misdemeanor fines and forfeitures and collecting civil fees. The Court has authority to hear and decide small claim disputes up to $7,500 and formal civil actions up to $10,000. The Court hears all landlord/tenant disputes; issues temporary protective orders, stalking orders and other civil orders; and holds hearings on contested cases.
Carson City Sheriff
The Carson City Sheriff’s Office has a roughly $19 million budget and some 140 paid employees to include as many volunteers as paid staff. The sheriff serves a four year term.
Carson City Board of Supervisors Ward 1
Even though the winner of the Ward 1 race would represent Ward 1, all Supervisor candidates appear on every Carson City ballot, not just their respective wards, so the entire city votes for each seat.
The Carson City Board of Supervisors is charged with providing orderly government and safeguarding the general health, welfare, and safety of its citizens.
Following the consolidation of Ormsby County and Carson City in 1969, the local governing body is composed of a five-member elected representation called the Board of Supervisors. The Mayor and four Supervisors are elected by and accountable to the voters. They are all elected-at-large; however, the four Supervisors must reside within the boundaries of their respective Wards 1 through 4. All of the members of the Board serve a 4-year staggered terms. The Mayor and Supervisors from Ward 2 and Ward 4 are elected during the Presidential election years. The Supervisors from Ward 1 and Ward 3 are elected during off-Presidential election years.