At the Ely City Council meeting on Sept. 11, White Pine County Sheriff Dan Watts spoke during the public comment, stating he never gave any city council members permission to enter the railroad offices on the afternoon of Sept. 2. He said that though it is his job to enforce the law, it is not to enforce ethics.

Watts has gone on record to  state that all he received from the council was a text message from councilman Bruce Setterstrom informing him that the council was going to go to the railroad.