this newspaper’s favorite public officials. From the very beginning we
never particularly liked him and this newspaper has never been on
Constable Bonaventura’s list of favorites either.
When the board of County Commissioners decided to terminate his
elected office, we expressed our disagreement with the Board of
Commissioners’ decision and disapproved its decision to eliminate an
elected office without the approval of the Nevada Legislature despite
the fact that Constable John Bonaventura, influenced by his
sidekick-turned-mouthpiece, Lou Toomin, is not and has never been our
friend or ally.
Today John Bonaventura has no office to run for; he lost his
vindictive race against a County Commissioner, and all his allies made
fools out of themselves when they decided to listen to him and run for
other County Commissioner’s races for the same vindictive reason.
Again, he made a fool out of himself when he tried to create his own
“constablegate,” recording a telephone conversation with the only ally
he may have in his entire jurisdiction.
Bonaventura — and his entire staff, thanks to him — has only till the
end of the year (five months and three weeks) left on his job due to
all the nonsense he created and because he, along with his allies,
kept insisting on being clown of the year with the help of the daily
paper that uses precious front page space to keep Bonaventura’s name
Come next January, John Bonaventura and his clique will be out of
work, unemployed and out of everyone’s mind, but the daily newspaper
is making the possibility that people might forget that he existed
almost impossible by keeping his name afloat.
Two former employees-turned-snitches (whistleblower is a whole
different kind of person) went running to John Bonaventura’s foes to
tell their story for no particular reason whatsoever.
If they were not happy with the arrangement that their former boss had
offered them, they should have quit or come forward denouncing their
situation to higher-ups and the authorities; but now it is too late
and their coming forward “anonymously” makes no sense to anyone on
We believe that there is a big difference between a whistleblower and
a snitch; a whistleblower speaks on behalf of his co-workers, on
behalf of his country, or even — for example — on behalf of the
reputation of the Nevada Taxi Authority, whereas a snitch only speaks
out when he/she no longer enjoys the benefits that were once offered
to them for their silence by someone doing something they were not
supposed to be doing in the first place.
It should be time to ignore, if not forget, the name of John
Bonaventura and his puppets, as well as the office of the Las Vegas
Township Constable’s office, until the end of the year when everything
may go back to normal.
We would like to remind those who were shocked or surprised to hear so
much bad publicity about the constable’s office that, with the
exception of Bonaventura’s predecessor (Bobby G.), the office of the
Constable in Las Vegas Township has always been a disgrace to the
Once before that office was abolished when Constable Don Charlevoix
was selling the badges for cash or for votes.
Charlevoix, a former Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
Detective, resigned after pleading guilty to two gross misdemeanors
after he was charged with allegedly appointing individuals as deputies
in exchange for campaign contributions. He was also charged with
illegally using money from his deputies’ health and welfare fund for
his own benefit.
The constable’s office was abolished and later reestablished when
another former Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer, Robert (Bobby G)
Gronauer, ran for that office and won the election, making the office
an exemplary self-supporting elected office with millions in the bank.
It is time that the mainstream media stops giving all that publicity,
good or bad, but still publicity, to a group of undesirables and an
office that today is tarnishing the reputation of all the elected
offices in the state.
The less people read about that office and those individuals, the
better off the community will be until the end of the year, when the
office is finally closed.
When former District Attorney David Roger arbitrarily took the elected
County Recorder, Fran Deane, out of office, we were against Roger
because the people elected Ms. Deane and we believed that only the
voters could take her out unless she was impeached.
When the County Commissioners started their actions to eliminate the
office of the Constable, we did not agree with their actions because
we believed that an elected office should be eliminated by the voters
andnot by another group of elected officials; but today we agree with
the County Commissioners and publicly apologize for any harm that
criticism from the Las Vegas Tribune may have done.