I-Team: North Las Vegas Could Close Jail, Cut 100 Jobs | Crime
NORTH LAS VEGAS -- 8 News Now has learned the North Las Vegas jail is only days away from a possible takeover by Metro Police that could result in up to 100 layoffs.
Sources tell the I-Team the city of North Las Vegas is working out a deal that would close its jail and move about 170 inmates to the Las Vegas jail. The potential move would be necessary because of a $33 million dollar budget shortfall in North Las Vegas.
The move comes just days before a deadline for North Las Vegas to balance its budget on July 1. North Las Vegas officials say the move would save the city an estimated $12 million in just the first year.
According to North Las Vegas City Manager Tim Hacker, about 100 jail staff would lose their jobs and the North Las Vegas jail would shut down. Contacted this afternoon, the North Las Vegas police union said it is completely opposed to the closure.
Hacker says the city is out of options.
“We're definitely in a fiscal crisis,” Hacker said. “I mean, that's been well-documented and established over so many years."
The North Las Vegas City Council already declared a state of emergency to suspend sections of police and fire union contracts regarding pay increases in an attempt to plug its budget hole.
City of Las Vegas officials declined comment about the move until it is officially on the agenda, which is expected to be released Wednesday. The deal still needs to be approved by the Las Vegas council.
If the deal goes through, those pink slips could go out as soon as July 4.