However, the Las Vegas Tribune has learned that at least two of the properties he called on have turned him down without any real explanation; and to add more embarrassment to the situation, one of the properties, The Venetian Hotel-Casino, gave the job to Gillespie’s underling, Undersheriff Jim Dixon.
Historically every sheriff in Clark County at the end of his term secures a cushy job in the gaming industry as a Corporate VP of Security; Ralph Lamb went to work for Steve Wynn at the Golden Nugget, John McCarthy landed at the Imperial Palace, Jerry Keller went to Wynn of Las Vegas and Bill Young is at Station Casinos.
Others with less important job titles within Metro, such as Anthony Lozich, also grab good jobs in casinos such as MGM; and as late as last month, even Assistant Sheriff Greg McCurdy went to work at the SLS–before Gillespie’s term comes to an end.
Undersheriff Jim Dixon is a 28-year veteran of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD). He has worked in many facets of policing including Corrections, Patrol, Patrol field training and SWAT.
As a Sergeant and Team Leader of the SWAT Team for 15 years, he led more than 2,500 operations.
After his promotion to Lieutenant in 2005, he created the department’s Mobile Crime Saturation Teams to reduce violent crimes. The team made over 7,500 arrests in the first year.
In 2006, Lieutenant Dixon recruited, developed and trained the department’s 125-officer Emergency Response Team. Shortly after, Dixon was promoted to Captain in June of 2007, when he became the Patrol Bureau Commander of the Southwest Area Command (now the Enterprise Area Command). While assigned to the Patrol Division, he developed and implemented several key programs. Two such programs were LVMPD’s school violence reduction program and Broken Arrow, which is the department’s response to terrorist attacks, later named MACTAC. Dixon also developed the Patrol Management Plan used to manage patrol
recourses correctly to fight crime.
Sheriff Doug Gillespie has been a member of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department since 1980. During his tenure as an officer, he has worked in a variety of assignments such as Patrol, Field Training, SWAT, K-9, Special Events, and the Academy. In January 1998 he was promoted to captain and assigned to the Southeast Area Command where he served until January 2000. In January 2000 he was assigned to the Vice Narcotics Bureau. On August 19, 2000, he was promoted to Commander of the Central District, which includes Southeast Area Command, Downtown Area Command, the Traffic Safety Bureau (Traffic Bureau and McCarran Airport). He was promoted to Deputy Chief in June 2002 to oversee the operations of the Detention Services Division, which includes the Clark County Detention Center. Upon the election of Sheriff Bill Young in 2004, Doug Gillespie was selected to serve as the Undersheriff. Following 27 years of service, he was elected Sheriff in 2007 and proudly serves the citizens of Clark County.
Gillespie’s profile is not even close to Undersheriff Dixon, having very poor qualifications for an executive position in the gaming world. Dixon would make the property he will be working for very secure and safe for the Las Vegas patrons and the hotel guests based on his profile on the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s website; he implemented many good programs within the department including Broken Arrow, which is the department’s response to terrorist attacks, later named MACTAC. Dixon also developed the Patrol Management Plan used to manage patrol recourses correctly to fight crime, which will benefit the property he works for.
Many believe that Gillespie’s only alternative is to retire and leave quietly thereafter, or go quietly into the night.
Those who may be thinking of supporting Joe Lombardo because he is Gillespie’s tap-on-the-shoulder guy to inherit his office may want to think twice because he could just be a replica of Gillespie’s terrible contribution to the community — and not even the hotels that contributed to his campaign, and now to that of Lombardo, want to hire him, if in fact he has been turned down by two hotel-casino properties.