Erin Kenny

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Erin Kenny
Clark County (Nevada) Commissioner
from district "F"
In office
1995–2003
Preceded byDon Schlesinger
Succeeded byMark James
Member of the Nevada Assembly
from the 4th district
In office
1993–1995
Preceded byBrad Goetting
Succeeded byDeanna Braunlin
Personal details
Born(1960-12-21) December 21, 1960 (age 53)
Pasadena, California
Political partyDemocratic
 
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Erin Kenny
Clark County (Nevada) Commissioner
from district "F"
In office
1995–2003
Preceded byDon Schlesinger
Succeeded byMark James
Member of the Nevada Assembly
from the 4th district
In office
1993–1995
Preceded byBrad Goetting
Succeeded byDeanna Braunlin
Personal details
Born(1960-12-21) December 21, 1960 (age 53)
Pasadena, California
Political partyDemocratic

Erin Leigh Callin Kenny (born December 21, 1960) is a former Democratic politician from Nevada.

Kenny earned her law degree on May 17, 2002, from William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.[1] She subsequently failed the Nevada bar exam.

Political career[edit]

Kenny was elected to a single term in the Nevada Assembly in 1992, defeating Republican incumbent Brad Goetting.[2]

Kenny was elected to the Clark County Commission in 1994.[3] Running against Richard Moreno, she won with 50.26% if the vote.[4] Kenny ran again in 1998 and won reelection with 52.56% of the vote against challenger Steve Harney.[5]

On April 19, 2001, Kenny appeared before the Nevada Commission on Ethics, accused of pressuring county employees to break into the Clark County administration building to get payroll records. She was cleared of wrongdoing in a 3 to 1 decision.[6]

Kenny was the Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Nevada in 2002, but was defeated by Republican incumbent Lorraine Hunt.[1][7][8]

Early in 2003 Kenny was implicated in Operation G-Sting, a federal corruption investigation involving a Las Vegas strip club. She agreed to plead guilty and turn state's evidence in exchange for a lighter sentence. On July 24, 2003, Kenny pleaded guilty to a "three-count criminal indictment charging her with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud for the purpose of depriving the citizens of Nevada of her honest services as a Clark County Commissioner." The investigation ultimately resulted in the convictions of several other former elected officials, including former county commissioners Lance Malone, Dario Herrera and Mary Kincaid-Chauncey.[9] After her guilty plea, Kenny was hired by developer Jim Rhodes as a consultant.[7] On July 18, 2007, she was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and fined a total of $200,000 for her taking of bribe money.[10]

On October 16, 2007, Kenny reported to the federal prison camp in Phoenix, Arizona, as inmate no. 36965-048 to start serving her 30-month sentence on political corruption and bribery charges. Since there is no parole in the federal prison system, she will need to serve 25.5 months (2 years, 1.5 months) before her sentence expires and she is released (approximately December 2009).[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Morrison, Jane Ann (2002-09-29). "Tenacious Kenny serves as lightning rod". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2007-07-05. 
  2. ^ 1992 General Election Results - Clark County, NV, Election Department
  3. ^ Marcus, Ruth (1998-10-23). "'Issue Advocacy' Ads Less of an Issue". Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-07-05. 
  4. ^ "ELECTION RESULTS November 8, 1994 General Election". Election Department - Clark County, Nevada. Retrieved 2007-07-05. 
  5. ^ "ELECTION RESULTS November 3, 1998 General Election". Election Department - Clark County, Nevada. Retrieved 2007-07-05. 
  6. ^ Geary, Frank (20 April 2001). "STATE ETHICS COMMISSION: 3-1 vote clears Kenny". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Packer, Adrienne (2006-06-29). "Kenny receiving $201,600 Rhodes salary". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2007-07-05. 
  8. ^ "COMPLETE LIST OF CANDIDATES WHO FILED FOR OFFICE IN 2002". Retrieved 2007-07-05. 
  9. ^ "THREE INDICTED, TWO PLEAD GUILTY IN POLITICAL CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION". Retrieved 2007-07-05. 
  10. ^ "Erin Kenny sentenced to 30 months". KVBC. 2007-07-18. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  11. ^ "Erin Kenny reports to Federal Prison". Las Vegas Review Journal. 2007-10-17. Retrieved 2007-10-17. 
Preceded by
Don Schlesinger
Clark County Commission
District F

1995 - 2003
Succeeded by
Mark James