Clark County’s top law enforcement officer, Sheriff Joe Lombardo, has been married for almost four years. But in that time, Lombardo has failed to disclose the source of his wife’s income as required by law on state financial disclosure forms.
Lombardo also failed to file a 2019 state financial disclosure due January 15 of this year.
Lombardo and Donna Alderson, a longtime commercial real estate broker, married in 2015. Financial disclosure forms filed by Lombardo in 2016, 2017, and 2018 fail to include Alderson’s employer, CBRE, a commercial real estate brokerage, as a source of household income.
CBRE’s website says Alderson has been employed with the company since 1986.
“Donna has completed over 1,400 transactions valued in excess of $2.4 billion including the sale of over 1,800 acres of land and over 48 million square feet of building transactions,” the site says.
“It was an oversight on the part of the people who fill out his forms. It has to be fixed,” political consultant Jim Ferrence told the Current on behalf of Lombardo about the omission of his wife’s income as a household source. “There was no effort to obscure.”
“The only thing they were changing was years of residency,” Ferrence said, in reference to Piercey Bowler Taylor & Kern, the accounting firm that prepares Lombardo’s financial disclosures. The company did not respond to a request for comment.
Why are public officials required by state law to complete financial disclosures?
“These are elected officials or appointed officials who exercise a fair amount of authority in government and the disclosure forms are there to make the public aware of any potential conflicts of interest — whether it’s through the giving of gifts or through affiliation with an entity, “ said Deputy Secretary for Elections Wayne Thorley.
“They provide the public with information if the public officer is not acting in the interest of the government they represent,” Thorley said.
Lombardo’s 2019 financial disclosure, which was due January 15, has not been filed. Failure to file is punishable by civil penalties under NRS 281.581. Lombardo would currently owe $2,000, if fined.
But the Secretary of State’s office hasn’t fined a public official in recent memory, according to Thorley.
“It happens very rarely. I can’t think of one. And it has to be a willful violation – intentional and knowingly — and that’s not always readily available,” says Thorley.
Each December the state receives lists of public officers from government agencies with names of officials required to file disclosures.
“That makes up our compliance list,” Thorley says. “Anyone who hasn’t filed by January 15, we can go after. It can take two to three times to get them to file. If a person was completely recalcitrant after multiple efforts to get them to file, we’d move to start a proceeding in civil court.”
The Current received no response as to why Lombardo has not filed a disclosure form for 2019.