Clark County Commissioners Under Ethics Probe for Accepting Pricey F1 Tickets


In the dusty desert of Clark County, Nevada, four of its commissioners find themselves under the discerning gaze of the state’s Commission on Ethics. Their apparent transgression? The acceptance of complimentary tickets to the inaugural F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix last year, tickets with a face value of a staggering $10,900 each.

Among the implicated officials is Tick Segerblom, a prominent county commissioner. Segerblom, along with his colleagues Ross Miller, Justin Jones, and Jim Gibson confirmed receipt of notices regarding the ethical investigation. The intriguing details were shared on social media on a slow Tuesday, as Segerblom took to Twitter to post the letter he received from the ethics commission.

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Allegedly, the accusations that set the investigatory wheels in motion on the 12th of June claim that these officials violated Nevada law. At the heart of the illicit matter is a law that prohibits state employees from both accepting gifts and strategically leveraging their governmental positions to accrue unneeded privileges beyond those necessary for the fulfillment of their job duties.

This controversial offer of complimentary skybox tickets extended by Formula 1 to all seven members of the Clark County Commission, the governing body that holds sway over the pulsing Las Vegas Strip. While Marilyn Kirkpatrick and Michael Naft declined the generous offering, the rest, i.e., Segerblom, Jones, Miller, Gibson, and William McCurdy, seized the opportunity.

Bathed in the soft glow of ambiguity, however, is the status of McCurdy. Although he heartily accepted the Grand Prix ticket, he chose to remain silent about whether he too faces ethical investigation.

Strolling back to last January, Segerblom framed his Grand Prix expedition as an “educational” endeavor. He defended himself vocally, asserting that their participation was a necessity for the betterment of this major event that left its taxing imprint on the county’s workers and residents. McCurdy likewise voiced a similar sentiment, decrying potential abstinence from the race as being “irresponsible.”

However, Segerblom’s actions invited heavy scrutiny when it was revealed that he alone attended the high-octane race without reflecting the ticket in his financial records. It appears, according to the reports, that his flamboyant oversight spurred an additional charge in his complaints, criticizing his insufficient disclosure of the hefty gift.

Attempt at redemption? Segerblom asserted his innocence to the press by revealing that he proceeded to file an updated report in January, dutifully including the “gift” under a designated section for reporting engagements in meetings, events, or trips.

This investigation is being carried out by the Nevada Commission on Ethics, a governor and legislative commission-appointed octet tasked to identify and explore potential ethics violations among state government officials and employees. They stand as the state’s ethical guardians, preserving the standards of integrity and accountability.