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 salary.
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 candidate.
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.