The Mongols fiasco a year ago may have had less to do with the firing of Boulder City, Nevada Police Chief Thomas Finn’s firing than first appeared. The City Council may have known that Finn was a jealous lover who couldn’t handle his own business.
According to informed sources, multiple Boulder City police officers have complained that Chief Finn assigned local cops to follow Finn’s ex-girlfriend and the woman’s new boyfriend. On-duty Boulder City police were ordered to investigate the man and give him the Mongol treatment – which is to say they were ordered to manufacture reasons to stop and harass him.
Finn left his job as Boulder City Police Chief on January 16 and went on paid medical leave. He was fired April 15 when he attempted to return to work. His replacement, former Las Vegas Deputy Chief Bill Conger had assumed the role of acting chief on March 13.
Finn issued a press release when he was fired that stated that Boulder City Manager David Fraser “offered me the opportunity to resign my position, which I immediately declined. I was then advised that my employment with the City of Boulder City as Chief of Police was terminated….. I have, for the most part, enjoyed a rewarding 32-year career, fourteen of those years as a chief of police,” Finn wrote. He also said he had tried “to make Boulder City a better place to live and work.”
City Attorney Dave Olsen, who Finn had sued, then watched as Finn cleaned out his desk.
Finn’s fortunes began to plummet in June 2012 after he decided to harass members of the Mongols Motorcycle Club during the club’s national run to Boulder City. The harassment infuriated the Mongols’ lawyer, Stephen Stubbs.
Stubbs and Finn got into a legal dustup. Stubbs accused Finn of numerous improprieties including some felonies. Finn retaliated with a nuisance lawsuit intended to silence Stubbs and a growing chorus of critics. Finn quickly lost that suit.
On November 29, the Boulder City Council voted to have Finn’s tenure as Chief investigated by the Nevada Attorney General. The findings of that investigation were then forwarded to the Clark County District Attorney and remain a closely guarded secret.
In December, the Council ordered an audit of the Police Department by the International City/County Management Association’s Center for Public Safety Management. The audit, which was completed in March, discovered numerous problems including a missing M-16. Finn has described the audit as a “hack job.”