Ethics commission clears Dressler in ethics complaint |

Ethics commission clears Dressler in ethics complaint

by Christy Chalmers, staff writer

The Nevada Ethics Commission has cleared Douglas County Planning Commissioner Devere Dressler of a complaint he didn’t properly disclose a potential conflict of interest.

Executive Director Ken Rohrs said the commission determined no violation occurred following an Aug. 11 hearing.

“They all agreed that everything was done properly,” said Dressler. “It’s certainly a good feeling to know that they found in favor of my judgment.”

The review was sought by Robert Havranek, president of the Pleasantview Homeowners Association. Several members of the group objected to an April planning commission decision to approve a special use permit for the Bing Materials Pit, located in the Gardnerville Ranchos. The vote was 4-3, and Dressler voted for approval.

Havranek contended Dressler did not properly disclose his interest in a separate gravel pit that the Dressler family leases to another operator. He also claimed Dressler could benefit from the decision because of the effect it could have on gravel pits.

Dressler did mention his connection to the family-owned pit at the April 10 meeting, and Douglas Deputy District Attorney Robert Morris stated it was not a conflict of interest that would keep Dressler from voting.

District Attorney Scott Doyle defended Dressler’s decision in a May 22 letter to the ethics commission, calling Havranek’s complaint “speculative, without merit and an effort to apply (ethics law) in a manner never intended by the Nevada Legislature.”

Doyle also said Dressler has no financial interests whatsoever in the Bing pit or company, and the only pecuniary interest that could be inferred would have come had Dressler voted to restrict Bing’s permitted uses.