A Sit-down with Steve Wolfson

Nevada

Many of us have been wondering, if District Attorney Steve Wolfson was going to run for another term serving as Las Vegas’ Chief attorney. Well, that question was answered last week when Wolfson announced that yes he would be seeking yet another term.

Wolfson joined the Clark County District Attorney’s Office in February of 2012, upon appointment by the Clark County Board of Commissioners. He was chosen to serve the three years remaining on a four-year term vacated by the previous district attorney who retired. Clark County voters elected Wolfson to the position in November of 2014 in a landslide victory where he came away with over 72% of the votes.  He began serving his first full four-year term in January of 2015. 

Wolfson came to the County from the city of Las Vegas where he served nearly eight years as a city councilman. He was elected to that office in a special election in June, 2004 and ran unopposed in 2005, and again in 2009.

In an email interview, the DA answered a few questions posed by The Nevada Conservative that we will share.

Thank you, Mr. Ray, for your email and your questions concerning my office.  I will try and address each question on an individual basis.

  1. Do you intend on running for a final term as District Attorney?  Yes, I have expressed my intention to run for an additional term as District Attorney, whether, or not, it is my final term, will depend on how the next six years go.  Please note there are no term limits for the Office of District Attorney.
  1. What makes you the best choice to be the next DA?  I believe my experience and leadership are needed now more than ever.  I have over 40 years of experience in the Criminal Justice system here in Clark County, both as a defense lawyer and now as the chief prosecutor in Clark County.  
  1. What has concerned you the most during your tenure as DA?  I have a number of concerns including the rise in violent crime and our critical backlog in cases due primarily to the COVID outbreak.
  1. How do you feel about the “Defund the Police” movement that has been in the news as of late?  I am very much in favor in reassessing the priorities that both police and prosecutors should consider.  I do not believe that police officers should be responding to the outbreak of homeless people and that social workers, or similar types of professionals, should be responding to this very serious issue.  That is one example of where we can potentially reallocate certain police resources.
  1. How has your office addressed the rising crime in the county?  I continually reassess and redefine our priorities.  Recently, we have started a program of diversion which will cause a number of low-level felony offenders to be diverted out of the system.  Additionally, we have reprioritized our prosecution of certain misdemeanors offenses and no longer prosecute certain very low-level misdemeanor offenses.  This will assist in addressing the rise in violent crime.
  2. How have you seen the demographic shift in Nevada and the level of crime in recent years? Does this shift contribute to the levels of crime?  That is a very complicated issue which would require much more than a few sentences to answer.
  3. What improvements in Crime prevention or Policing would help reduce overall crime here in the County?  I believe that question is more for law enforcement rather than a prosecutor’s office.  However, I meet on a regular basis with our police agencies to discuss ways to prevent crime and to hopefully reduce overall crime.  

Thank you so much for your questions, they are certainly relevant and probing.  Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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