Collins, known by many as the cowboy commissioner, has been in the political arena in Nevada since 1992 when he was elected to the Nevada Assembly. He served as County Commissioner since 2005, and was in the last year of his third term when he surprised everyone with his abrupt resignation.
Commissioner Collins told the Governor that he was leaving, effective as of 3 p.m., but gave no reason for his departure, leaving the governor needing to find and appoint another Democrat to fill the vacant seat as the law requires (the new appointee must be from the same party).
Collins was not available for comment because he was at the state capitol and calls made to his cell phone were routed to a voice mail.
In another email to Governor Sandoval, Collins said that family issues will interfere with his dedication to his constituents and he has no choice but to resign.
Las Vegas Tribune never agreed with the commissioner’s dress attire — as a cowboy — during official events or commission meetings while the rest of the men on the board were in suits and ties, but was never able to do anything about that issue because his record was impeccable, as was his dedication to the people of District B.
Sources tell the Las Vegas Tribune that this is not the last political job for Collins; for a long time rumors have had it that he may have his eye on a higher seat in another jurisdiction — maybe North Las Vegas Mayor — but it has not been confirmed.
A source close to Collins told the Las Vegas Tribune that Collins may be hoping that Governor Sandoval will look at State Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick as his replacement.
County Commissioner Chairman Steve Sisolak told KNTV Chanel 13 that Collins’ resignation came as a shock to him. He also told Chanel 13 that Collins was a passionate advocate for issues that affected his constituents.