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Updated: 3/30/2013 1:40 pm
It is now up to the Clark County Commission to appoint a person to represent District 17 but when that will happen has yet to be decided. As News 3's Sandra Gonzalez reports, one commissioner wants the replacement to be seated in a matter of days.

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) — Now that Steven Brooks has been officially expelled as an assemblyman, Clark County commissioners are going to appoint a replacement, but when is still to be determined. Commissioner Tom Collins says he’d like an emergency meeting arranged for Wednesday.

“It's critical for Clark County because Clark County has a lot of things that we need to get done up there. It’s very important,” Collins said.

But the district attorney’s office says this doesn’t fit the criteria for an emergency and Board Chairman Steve Sisolak won’t approve an emergency meeting.

“As far as I’m concerned, this needs to be an open, transparent and inclusive process which means anyone could apply for this. You can't do this in three or four days. You simply can't do that,” Sisolak said.

Collins says it’s imperative that District 17 have representation. He says he’s already been approached by about five Democrats who are ready to hit the ground running if appointed.

“First, anyone who came up seeking the job certainly is already prepared to pick up and move, or leave their job and make those arrangements,” Collins said.

While that may be so, Sisolak says more time must be given to accept applications. He believes a special meeting will be called soon but they need to find someone quickly since the session ends in about two months.

“I want to talk to these people. I want to sit down and say how do you feel about this and if you address this concern are you sure you want to do this?” Sisolak said.

Collins would like to also appoint someone with a diverse background.

Jon Ralston of "Ralston Reports" says what matters is quality.

“The question is: What is it William Horne the Majority Leader and the Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick, what kind of person are they looking for them?” Ralston said.

Commissioners are expected to discuss a timeline for Brooks’ replacement at Tuesday’s commission meeting.

Ralston says some of the people interested in the position include former North Las Vegas Councilman Richard Cherchio, William Robinson, the son of the former councilman of the same name; county employee Tyrone Thompson, Metro officer Michelle Jotz, and Sharon Shaffer, the widow of the late State Senator Ray Shaffer.

We attempted to reach other commissioners to hear their thoughts on the appointment.

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