hidden somewhere in their coffers and they supposedly just didn’t know
it was there.
Nine million — besides the 130 million they already had in the bank
from the last tax increase to hire more cops to “protect the
community” (in 2005) that never was spent. Now Sheriff Gillespie
threatens the community by saying that if he does not get the money he
is asking for he would have to lay off many officers, which will
reduce the protection and jeopardize the safety of the community.
Las Vegas Tribune has maintained that there is plenty of money if the
people in charge of distributing the money use common sense and not
think only in terms of paying back political favors, campaign support
Why did METRO spend $1.8 million to pay their officers to work for
their own unions instead of having them out there policing the
The unions should have their own employees, paid by its own fund, NOT
by taxpayers. How can the unions defend their members of any charges,
of any wrongful terminations, if their salary is paid by those
creating the wrongful terminations?
To our knowledge, at least eight (8) union workers are full-time
police officers, receiving Detective (A2) pay plus shift differential,
plus 8 percent, which is about $85,000 to $95,000 per year topped out,
depending on the years of service.
These “union workers” are not required to do police work — just union
business; the rest are representatives of each department section and
are officially allowed (granted by the department) so many hours per
month in which to do union business while on duty.
We had learned of a police captain earning $585,000 in pay and
benefits, a lieutenant earning $354,000, and an assistant sheriff
earning $294,000 as just three examples of our overpaid police force.
Approaching the Office of Public Information has not been as easy;
that office is hidden in a locked-up place where no one, not even the
members of the local news teams, has access. It’s our own opinion that
the Executive Director of that unit has complete control over every
one of those officers despite the fact that she is a civilian ordering
around a group of experts and professional police officers.
Nevertheless, we learned that at least nine police officers — perhaps
including a sergeant and a lieutenant — make the Office of Public
Information the largest in history, even larger than the County Public
Information office that answers to more public officials than Metro
They may all have been granted detective pay — 8 percent over their
normal pay and probably 4 percent for shift differential.
We understand that the sheriff is an elected official and he does not
answer to anyone, but the budget is approved by the County
Commissioners and the City Council and they should have a say; in fact
both entities have a duty, a responsibility and an obligation to watch
that money for the people who had elected them all to represent and
protect their interests.
We believe that the citizens of Clark County should lend their support
to the County Commission Chairman, Steve Sisolak, who is working hard
to protect the money that Sheriff Gillespie is so interested in
Sheriff Gillespie is acting like a child who wants another toy to play
with when in fact he has plenty of toys to entertain himself until he
turns the playground over to another anointed child — if voters in
Clark County do not carefully pay attention to those playing in the
He wants that money very badly, and if Chairman Sisolak doesn’t get
the support he needs, smooth-talking Gillespie will recruit puppets
like Tom Collins and other members of the commission to give him the
money he wants or he will throw a tantrum like a child in a toy store.
Now more than ever Chairman Sisolak needs as many people as possible
to support him in his efforts to protect the money that belongs to the
people of Clark County by lining up at the county commissions meeting
and saying no to Sheriff Douglas Gillespie.
Records show that Gillespie is not using that money to hire more
police officers. Records also show that Gillespie is not running for
another term. And records show that Gillespie is going to be busy
defending himself in a Federal case where he and 14 of his close
allies are the defendants.
Because of his legal issues, Sheriff Gillespie is not going to have
time to retaliate against all the people who team up with Chairman
Sisolak. We predict that Commissioner Tom Collins is going to lose his
next election, so he also will not be able to retaliate.
This is maybe the only time Clark County voters will be able to prove
that they want decent and honest elected officials. Now, we say, it’s
time to go get ‘em.