Tom Akers and his consulting firm have enjoyed a long, lucrative relationship with Clark County.
Akers & Associates has a two-year, $227,500 county contract, the most recent in a line of business arrangements since 2007, when he was hired to teach small and disadvantaged businesses how to navigate the county’s procurement process and secure county contracts. Under Akers’ guidance, the county’s program offers classes on fundamental business practices such as cash-flow management.
But while paying Akers to teach others how to run their businesses and work with the county, the county has sued its favored consultant over his own business practices.
In 2013, Akers rented a 5,154-square-foot office suite from Clark County. Missed rent payments, bounced checks and penalties quickly started piling up. He now owes the county $57,874. Yet last July, the County Commission renewed its relationship with Akers, awarding his company a no-bid deal worth $227,500.