Storey County Sheriff hosts town hall meeting discussing recall efforts to remove him

Storey County Sheriff Gerald Antinoro will host a town hall meeting on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 to discuss recall efforts to remove him from office.

The meeting will be held at the Maynard Station in Gold Hill, just outside of Virginia City from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

A local citizens group launched a recall effort in November 2016 to unseat Sheriff Antinoro, the first time in county history.

Organizers said they are frustrated with the mounting costs for the county that have stemmed from employees' claims filed against Antinoro.

"He has created, basically, an HR cesspool in the sheriff's department because he ... has a tendency to work his power on his subordinates," recall organizer Kris Thompson said. "And that has a financial cost to the county."

Those claims have reportedly resulted in nearly $150,000 in settlements. The sheriff also allegedly violated the county's sexual harassment code on two occasions, News 4 learned in September 2016.

The Sheriff has been criticized for the handling of Judy Black's death in 2014. Antinoro initially ruled her death an accident, but he later reversed that decision and called it a homicide in 2015. Husband Bret Black was arrested on suspicion of killing Judy this September.

Backers of the recall effort had 90 days to collect at least 500 signatures.

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