Last Tuesday County Commissioners finally said no to Sheriff Doug
Gillespie to his insistence of getting more money to hire more cops.
Gillespie used all kind of excuses and threats if he didn’t get his
way, but never explained why he needed more money or how he is going
to use the money when and if he gets it.
As always the sheriff used the old standard warnings of, “I am going
to have to cut down the services,” “I am going to have to let some
officers off,” “The response time will be longer,” etc., but never
once said that he would take some officers from the Public Information
Office and place them on the streets where they belong, protecting and
serving the community.
The nine detectives at the police union are a different story because
there is an existing contract that allows the union, which is funded
by the police budget, to have those police officers promoted to
detectives and assigned to be union agents drawing a detective’s
Gillespie was not happy when he left the County Commission meeting and
it showed on his face, but he behaved humanely and civil, even later
during a press conference to which Las Vegas Tribune was not invited
nor allowed to attend.
Five of the seven commissioners voted for some type of sales tax
increase, but because they were split on just how much the police
department should get, Sheriff Gillespie ended up walking away without
any money to hire more officers.
Former Assistant Sheriff Ted Moody, a sheriff candidate in the June
primary election — the only candidate that attended the county
commissioners meeting — spoke against the tax race.
“I care deeply about the men and women of Metro, and I support any
reasonable plan that will put additional, properly trained officers
out onto our streets. But I can’t support a plan that creates many
more questions than answers, taxes those who can least afford it, and
risks putting poorly selected and poorly trained officers into our
community,” said Moody.
“It would be irresponsible to support a plan that commits the men and
women of Metro to trying to hire too many cops too fast. This would
add pressure to an already over-stressed organization,” expressed the
Commissioner Susan Brager was the deciding vote after Commissioners
Steve Sisolak and Chris Giunchigliani were the only commissioners to
vote no on both tax hikes.
Brager tried to present a compromise solution, but it was also
rejected after public input took place with residents speaking both in
favor and against, and she voted against the more cops tax.
All other candidates were unavailable for comment due to short notice,
even though it was posted on the newspaper’s website prior to the
scheduled time, to address public interest in the issue and the
importance of the content.