One of the issues, that an apparent takeover has occurred, is due to the fact that when one places the enemy inside the house/organization one is running, the chances of being kicked out of one’s own place go way up — and that happened when the victim, in this case, Executive Director Chris Collins, brought former Clark County District Attorney David Roger to work side by side with Collins’ attorney wife in the legal department of the union.
Collins should have realized that if Roger was willing to betray the voters of Clark County and walk away from the post they elected him to, he could also betray others, and he himself was not exempt.
Las Vegas Tribune has been, for years, on a mission to open the eyes of the rank and file about what has been going on at the union local right under their noses and everyone thought it was personal when it was in reality business.
There has always been a myth that the union belongs to its members and not to its executive director, but the members choose to keep quiet and be little lambs following the alleged leader.
But of course it is not only Chris Collins’ fault; he was taught by the master and successor, Dave Kallas, who lately has used his political influence and contacts to become a legalized drug dealer after years with the Metro Narcotics Unit, busting people for using or selling what he is now allowed to do for profit.
The union members were not allowed to ask questions of any kind, such as how much money is in the bank, where is the money spent, why this or that endorsement of local politicos, and many more.
If any member would have dared to ask questions or request any proof they would have been blackballed and perhaps placed on the union’s hit list.
It would be interesting to learn what trigger this internal takeover after the Board has been a passive and silent supporter of all Collins’ moves for so long, humbly bowing to his dictatorial regime.
Las Vegas Tribune has been a voice against Collins’ wife being the attorney for the union and David Roger working under her after he walked away from his luxury job as Clark County District Attorney to “spend more time with” his new-born daughter and his ten-hours-a-day judge wife.
On November 12, 2014 right after the election, Las Vegas Tribune wrote, “The PPA well knew that Larry Burns was the rank and file man regardless of whatever their joint opinion was; so they endorsed Burns to please the internal masses; and knowing how the voters dislike the police union someone spread the rumor that Burns would be controlled by the union; and then Lombardo and Gillespie worked out the transfer of killer cop Bryan Yant with a promotion to Executive Director of the Union as the icing on top of the cake because how could Burns be a good sheriff if the union that supports him is housing a controversial cop that has been involved in several shootings and has lied to a judge to obtain a false search warrant? Remember that Joe Lombardo was Bryan Yant’s supervisor in the narcotic operation that killed a young black man unarmed and practically naked; but the public, the voters, were not privy to that information because the self-proclaimed
“largest newspaper in Nevada” was endorsing Lombardo and it was in their best interest to make Burns look bad and weak, and controlled by
the police union.”
Of course Las Vegas Tribune is the bad guy — the anti-police and the anti-government paper — for exposing the corrupt, the bad and the ugly where we find it, right here in Las Vegas; but where was the Police Protective Association Board when Bryan Yant was promoted, and why did the Board not do the right thing and fire Yant as they did with Officer Jesus Arevalos — or at least transfer Yant back to a desk job or fire him for the murder of Trevon Cole?