Ross begins third term as Laughlin constable
LAUGHLIN — The public was invited to attend the 2019 inauguration of Laughlin Constable Jordan Ross on Jan. 2.
The inauguration took place at the Laughlin Township Hall. This is Ross’ third consecutive term as constable.
He was sworn into office by oath on Wednesday administered by Justice of the Peace Timothy Atkins from the Laughlin Township Justice Court.
“I can’t thank the people who keep my office running enough,” Ross said during his brief remarks at the inauguration. “I also really appreciate everyone else who came today. I appreciate your support and look forward to another four years.”
Ross has lived in Laughlin for almost 16 years and likes the lack of crime, traffic and smog. To him, it has all the amenities without the big-city problems. However, throughout his time living in the township, he saw a lack of representation and a need. That’s when he decided to run for Laughlin constable.
In November of 2010, Ross, a Republican, won the election after defeating a five-term Democratic incumbent, Patrick Ketterer, by a margin of 12 percent. Ketterer was in the constable role since 1991.
In 2014 Ross was re-elected, and in 2018 ran for a third term unopposed.
Since being in office, Ross has chaired Laughlin Precinct meetings, extended his office to include general constituent services and created the Laughlin Constable Citizens Hotline. This is a 24-hour phone line that lets Laughlin citizens voice their concerns over various issues.
He also led a group of citizens to the Clark County Board of Commissioners to protest the method of selection for Laughlin Town Advisory Board. He and many other Laughlin residents were against the practice of having LTAB members appointed by the county board, insisting that LTAB members should be chosen by local voters.
His efforts, and those of others, eventually resonated with the board of commissioners; 2016 was the first year of directly elected LTAB members.
Ross is starting his third term by bringing back the quarterly constable town hall meetings, which take place at the Laughlin Library.
“I am very excited to bring them back as it allows me to meet with people on a regular basis,” Ross said. “It brings their issues face-to-face, and it’s a great way to get information out to the people.”
Nevada constables are civil enforcement officers who focus on complaints, civil subpoenas, enforcing wage and bank garnishments, evictions, civil bench warrants, property seizure and conducting public auctions. They also can make arrests.
Ross said he spends 20 percent of his workweek helping people with social services. He acts as an intermediary to help people on all matters of public policy whether it is federal, state or local.
The calls could range from why someone didn’t get his or her Social Security check to dealing with barking dogs and pothole complaints. He recalled getting many phone calls from parents who were concerned by talk of eliminating a math teacher from the Laughlin High School because it would result in students not getting enough opportunities for advanced placement credits.
Ross is an active member with the Republican Party as he is the state whip for the Nevada Republican Party. He said he has no other political aspirations but hopes to have a future fourth term as Laughlin constable.
“This job works for me, I work for it, and I think I have many years to work as the constable before I do anything else,” Ross said.
He has been married to his wife, Linda, since 1984 and has two grown children, Gina and Brandon.
“I can’t thank my lovely wife Linda enough, who is significantly my better half,” Ross said.
The Laughlin constable office is at 55 Civic Way, inside the Clark County Community Resources Center. For more information about the constable’s office go to laughlinconstable.org or call 702-298-2311.