June 13, 2023
The Nevada Commission on Ethics voted to censure and fine Gov. Joe Lombardo $20,000 for using his Clark County sheriff uniform and badge while the Republican was running for governor in 2022, but declined to levy the proposed full $1.6 million fine.
Attorneys with the Nevada Commission on Ethics are recommending the panel find that Gov. Joe Lombardo violated state law and be assessed an unprecedented $1.6 million fine for using his Clark County Sheriff uniform and badge while running for governor in 2022. A legal analysis submitted ahead of a June 13 judgment hearing by ethics commission attorneys cites 34 distinct ethics law violations of two state statutes leading to 68 violations. The analysis recommended the commission censure Lombardo, designate an ethics officer within the governor’s office and impose a more than $1.6 million fine based on multiple social media posts and other election material produced during Lombardo’s successful campaign for governor last year.