A great event took place last Thursday, January 16: a well organized sheriff candidate debate. Many think it could have been even better if it would have been given more publicity with the cooperation of the
print and electronic media.
All candidates but one were there, each expressing his own view of why
he would be the one to best serve in the capacity of that top cop
position. Many citizens, as well as media, did not even know about the
event until the day before.
The event showed all candidates to have a great sense of decency and
professionalism, acting very civilized and displaying a “we know how
to get along” attitude, which spoke volumes about all of them.
Each of the candidates took turns speaking, revealing their platforms,
then took questions from the surprisingly large audience despite the
lack of publicity.
There were no personal attacks, no insults and no obscene remarks;
they all acted very civilized and very sincere and sounded honest in
all their answers and statements.
The Lone Ranger absent candidate, former Assistant Sheriff Joe
Lombardo, although missing in action, did not seem to be missed by
anyone in the crowd; but some expressed having a bad taste in their
mouth about him for ignoring the event and being a no-show.
Several judicial candidates were part of the audience, as well as
future county and state candidates, including a possible candidate for
Former Assistant Sheriff Ted Moody, and his wife, as well as Captain
Larry Burns, with his wife and daughter, were all seated at a table
close to the stage, shaking hands with those who approached their
Sheriff candidates Angel Barbosa and Bobby G. Gronauer with his wife,
Cathy, were at another table shared by the Las Vegas Tribune, while
Gordon Martines was already on the stage working the crowd like never
Ted Moody responded to a Las Vegas Tribune question about those
detectives assigned to the police union; he told the audience that he
would look at the issue and see if the contract between the union and
police that was executed a long time ago could be renegotiated.
Captain Larry Burns promised to reestablish decency and respect in the
police force and said he would work hard to gain the trust of the
community once again.
Detective Gordon Martines — 36 years in the department with 20 some
years as a detective on the robbery/homicide detail, making him the
most senior detective in the department — vowed to clean the
department from the bad roots up, and from the top down, with no
Bobby G. — a former 24-year veteran of Metro and three-term elected
constable, brought that office from being in the red to a
balance-on-hand of $7 million after all bills were paid — told the
audience that he will work to reduce traffic fatalities and shootings,
and will reduce the administration, allowing more officers to be on
the streets in the community.
Family Court Marshal and former police chief in Utah, Angel Barbosa,
was too busy speaking to others and was not available to comment for
this article, but he will meet with the editorial board of the Las
Vegas Tribune soon and be a guest on Radio Tribune, according to Bob
Beckett, the former four-term Nye County District Attorney and host of
the radio show Face The Tribune