Less than a week after her husband resigned as East Fork Justice of the Peace, Douglas County Public Administrator Lynn EnEarl has resigned effective Dec. 1.
EnEarl, 59, denied her resignation had to do with the recent controversy over her public guardianship.
“No, this is all about family,” she said. “Our daughters and grandchildren live here. It's almost like a job. It takes time to take care of family.”
“Since my husband's retirement, I've been seriously thinking about what is important in life,” she said. “My mother-in-law has Alzheimer's and her health is deteriorating. It's difficult for my husband to take care of her on his own.”
EnEarl said there are some probate cases she needs to complete.
Under Nevada law, EnEarl is required to report on each of her charges' personal and financial welfare to the district court. Senior advocates reviewing the case files said the reports were not completed. EnEarl's attorney, Michael Rowe, said that in some cases the court waived the annual reports, though advocates were unable to find written waivers.
A score of EnEarl's guardian cases are passing through the district courts now to bring those reports up to date. In two cases, wards were placed in more restrictive care facilities than required by their condition.
During one hearing, EnEarl said she didn't meet with her wards because she's not a confrontational person. She was ordered by District Judge Dave Gamble to meet with her charges on a monthly basis.
In some of the cases, the wards said they'd never met EnEarl until they were in court.
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