Ask Joe: Why is the former Washoe County Undersheriff still on the County payroll?

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Updated: 5/15 10:36 pm
Question:
From the Ask Joe file, one of our viewers has a question about finances at the Washoe County Sheriff's Office.
The viewer who called News 4 did not want his name used, but asked why the former Washoe County undersheriff is still on the county payroll?

Answer:
Todd Vinger is the former Undersheriff. He retired last year after a 25-year career with the Sheriff's Office, due to health issues.
Vinger has his own consulting business, and one of his clients is the Washoe County Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office said Vinger was hired to develop a proposal to consolidate regional dispatch services. Apparently, this plan is now on hold.
The Sheriff's Office Spokesman Bob Harmon said Vinger was picked for the job because of his expertise. Vinger is paid $72 dollars per hour for his services. The total contract will pay him a maximum of $48,000 for the year. That is in addition to his full retirement benefits that he already gets.
Since this falls under the category of professional services, the job did not have to be put out to bid.
Joe asked Harmon why they cannot use someone who is already on the payroll for this work. He replied that Vinger was chosen by Sheriff Mike Haley, because Vinger is the only one who really has the expertise in the area of budgeting and consolidation of services.

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Ryan420 - 5/17/2014 12:11 PM
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Where did the money come from to pay him for this? Tax payers regardless of what the SO tells the public....I don’t want my taxes going to going to a individual already getting a six figure retirement. REALLY...corruption at its finest with the current administration, you really want the undersheriff as the sheriff. He is part of the underlying corruption at the WCSO....No Vote for Sheriff!!!

Old Parnell - 5/16/2014 3:18 PM
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Hey, ease up guys - you try retiring at around age fifty and surviving on a measly $117,000/yr pension for the rest of your life. A little compassion here please. http://transparentnevada.com/nvpers/2014/search/?q=vinger

WCCitizen - 5/16/2014 1:23 PM
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This is especially interesting, since, to my knowledge, Mr. Vinger has never set foot in a dispatch center. One might think part of consulting about dispatch consolidation would be to actually observe or know something about dispatch? This is nothing but friends spending taxpayer dollars on friends -- the WCSO good ole boy network yet again. It's probably Vinger's payoff for stepping aside and allowing Kuzanek to run. We need to elect somebody from outside. Primary is June 10th people. Get out and vote!

RENOTRUTH - 5/16/2014 10:01 AM
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This is the worst and most unacceptable answer. Clearly the sheriffs office is just as bad as the rest of Washoe County in regards to scams, fraud, and criminal activity. This entire county's elected officials as well as most of the others who have a final say in its finances need be replaced immediately. This reminds me of some time back when several judges were "forced" to retire and then were rehired because no one else could fill their seats. They remained in their seats with their "revised" (upgraded) salaries while collecting full retirement. I am sure I'm not alone when I say "getting real tired of the governing reaping wealth and benefits while the governed pay for it and suffer because of it." From the federal level on down to the city level fraud is abundant.

retired51 - 5/16/2014 9:24 AM
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This is clearly double dipping!!!
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