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County attorney out, new firms selected

Michael Schneider

Douglas commissioners approved a contract for this year’s defense attorneys with no more discussion than a motion, a second and a unanimous vote.

The contract, approved Thursday, is with the firms of Roeser and Roeser, Beavers and Young and Terzich and Jackson. The vote brought to an end four years of county service by attorney Pat Gilbert.

Mark Jackson, of Terzich and Jackson, will take over for Gilbert who was convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession last October.

As a result of the conviction, Douglas District Judges Dave Gamble and Michael Gibbons wrote a letter to the District Attorney’s office urging Gilbert not be nominated for a fifth year.

District Attorney Scott Doyle said Gilbert’s contract was not renewed due to the judges’ letter.

Gilbert denied smoking marijuana, claiming his wife inadvertently placed a plastic bag containing the controlled substance into his coat pocket while picking up trash at a music festival.

Gilbert was caught with the marijuana while being searched at the Nevada State Prison in Carson City.

The only attorney who attended the meeting was Michael Roeser of Roeser and Roeser. There was no board or audience discussion before the motion.

“I’m real excited,” Jackson said Thursday afternoon. He said he applied for the position in 1994, but lost to Gilbert because Gilbert had experience with death penalty cases.

“I feel I’m well qualified and I like the community,” Jackson said. “There are fabulous attorneys in the county, both defense and district attorneys.

“The people are lucky to have them.”

Douglas County does not have a Public Defender’s office but hires three defense firms each year to serve as court-appointed defenders. The firms are each paid $100,800 for their services.

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