Local government entities say they hire people based on qualifications, not connections. I hope that’s true.
Both the Las Vegas City Council and the San Miguel County Commission vote on all people hired in their respective entities. Since I started covering both more than five years ago, they have approved every person recommended for hire but one.
Three years ago, then-Commission Chairman Hugh Ley voted against the employment of the son of then-Commissioner, Kenneth Medina. Ley said he did so because he didn’t want to hire the relatives of commissioners.