Joe Lombardo does not know me either. I lacked so much trust in him in 2011 that I ‘waived’ my discipline board and allowed my ‘adjudicated’ discipline case to go directly to Sheriff Duh-G. He did what I expected him to do.
I don’t recall ever meeting Joe Lombardo in person. I don’t even recall ever speaking to him on the phone. I don’t believe we ever exchanged email — they believe that is my ‘specialty’… I recently read of others who had never met Lombardo. So maybe he is a fairly private person…but an introverted ‘policy wonk’ as he was recently described. That is fine — sometimes. Metro needs a charismatic leader who can INSPIRE officers to follow his leadership and change the culture of the LVMPD. “MAKE NO MISTAKE, PEOPLE” (one of Gillespie’s favorite phrases), the department needs to change. The mindset of officers needs to change. The mindset of supervisors and managers simply must change… or community trust will continue to decline.
Are the PPA and PMSA endorsements of Larry Burns ending up to be a ‘curse’ because there is so much concern over lack of accountability?
Come on — it is IMPOSSIBLE that every shooting is ‘justifiable’ or ‘excusable’ and the public knows this. I’d hate to see a cop who woke up in the morning and went to work and ended up getting in a shooting… END UP IN JAIL. It is almost impossible to successfully prosecute a police officer for a crime (act and intent), but officers should receive corrective action (including termination) with some frequency. Cops are people. People make mistakes. Add stress to the
‘human factor’ and errors should actually be expected — but they must be CORRECTED, not COVERED UP and rationalized decade after decade.
The police chief in Milwaukee just fired a police officer for what he viewed to be a ‘bad shoot’… The incident was avoidable and could have been de-escalated and the chief was not the only one who felt that way. I met Ed Flynn once when he presented leadership training to us. He is taking lots of heat from his officers but, LEADERS take action when necessary. If Metro is going to move forward and reap dividends from attempts to improve public trust it will take someone who can inspire them beyond any leader in the history of the LVMPD.
The wrong person in the sheriff’s chair will be held in ‘contempt and disdain’ (that is how I often felt during my career — looked at by Gillespie and his ‘posse’ with contempt and disdain). I just couldn’t `figure out why.
Another fact on the table — or on the record — is that I have never met Rolando Larraz and I’ve never been paid a dime to write a column.
I have only talked to him on the phone a couple of times and that is a fact.
LOMBARDO THE EDUCATED I wrote a column previously when Joe Lombardo was touting his higher education — or he was ‘going along’ with his handlers who were trumpeting his education.
Credibility determinations are important… they occur in a variety of situations in all of our lives. Sometimes we don’t even think about the thought process that we go through when we make those determinations. We get ‘tunnel vision’ because we have learned to trust people we are associated with; we defer to certain people and their prior credibility — even after they are no longer trustworthy.
Bill endorsed Doug and Doug endorsed Joe. Who was happy with Bill? Who has been happy with Doug? What will it take to be happy with Joe if he gets elected?
Is Joe’s story credible? SAY IT AIN’T SO, JOE, because there are serious questions about your Master’s Degree in Crisis Management at UNLV. Is it worth much more than the parchment that it is printed on?
There is a ‘fun’ word that I came across during my assignment as a fraud investigator/sergeant with the LVMPD. That word was BAMBOOZLE and the dictionary.com definition is, “to deceive or get the better of (someone) by trickery, flattery, or the like; humbug; hoodwink.”
Another word many voters may want to consider between now and November 4 is the word CRISIS. Defined as “a stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events, especially for better or for
worse, is determined; turning point, a condition of instability or danger, as in social, economic, political, or international affairs, leading to a decisive change, a dramatic emotional or circumstantial upheaval in a person’s life, the point in a play or story at which hostile elements are most tensely opposed to each other.”
Joe vs Larry for Sheriff. What will happen when Metro reaches the ‘turning point’ leading to ‘decisive change’ and ‘the point at which hostile elements are most tensely opposed to each other?’ Everyone seems to agree that change is needed after Gillespie’s 8-year debacle, but how about a little bit more scrutiny of the candidates? This is a huge decision! Will officers work for someone they seriously dislike?
Are voters in Las Vegas deceived/bamboozled every time there is actually some competition for the position of Clark County Sheriff?
Look back at the 2002 and 2006 elections and the media coverage of them. A Google Search for key words like Randy Oaks Las Vegas sheriff and Jerry Airola Las Vegas sheriff will conveniently provide a ‘hit list’ of interesting stories. With modern technology, voters can clicka mouse and do some research of their own. Just reading the past headlines is revealing. I wonder why some of the critical issues in past elections seem to be ignored or brushed under the carpet for this election. The two candidates know where some ‘skeletons’ are hidden but they have been quite polite to each other — so far. What has Larry done that he is not proud of? What has Joe done that he regrets? What
struggles did they face to achieve?
Qualifications and credentials — aren’t they the two most important factors? There are actually minimal qualifications to be the sheriff in Clark County set by state statute. Just because someone is ‘qualified’ does not mean he or she is even close to being properly prepared and having the requisite experience to lead.
Remember the drama over Jerry Airola and whether he was really a ‘reserve’ officer and had actual ‘sworn’ law enforcement experience?
That was in 2006 when ‘the machine’ went to work for our last SHOULDER TAP SHERIFF (Doug Gillespie). In 2002, Randy Oaks was criticized because ‘the machine’ scratched up information that Oaks had a college degree from an online program which was not accredited. There were multiple media reports on these issues…but there are NONE about Lombardo’s ‘accelerated’ Executive Master’s Degree. What degree from what college was deserving of education pay and was a ‘real’ degree?
Metro paid for nearly all of my classes in the Public Administration program at UNLV. They called it the Education Assistance Program at the time. Later, Metro started paying those who had earned degrees. I believe they called that Education Incentive Pay. It turned out to be worth about $2,000 extra pay every year because I had a Master’s
Degree and I was a Metro supervisor. The program was discontinued a few years before my departure. Metro has only rewarded employees who have ‘legitimate’ college degrees. Metro has started to implement college degree requirements for promotions as well… but Metro still has a woeful minimum hiring requirement of a high school diploma or a GED!
Here are some links and excerpts that should be considered before the voting occurs. Don’t be bamboozled, Las Vegas!
SHERIFF CANDIDATE’S COLLEGE DEGREE FAILS HIM (September 17, 2002)
Sheriff candidate and Metro Police Capt. Randy Oaks won’t be getting a $750 annual bonus for having a college degree. Officials have determined the Louisiana University where he got his diploma is not a properly accredited school. Oaks said his experience and training as a police officer along with 18 months of corresponding with the school and writing a research paper on weapons of mass destruction yielded him his degree in criminal justice. The degree cost him about $2,200. Oaks blamed questions about his degree on desperation from Deputy Chief Bill Young, his opponent in the November election to replace Sheriff Jerry Keller, who surprised many when he announced he would not seek a third term. “You don’t need a degree to be a good sheriff.
(Former Sheriff) John Moran never had a degree,” Oaks said. Young said he didn’t have any comment on Oaks’ degree from Bienville University.
“His education is his business,” Young said.
So when Bill Young got his degree from the same UNLV program as Lombardo, who scrutinized the quality of that degree? Was UNLV used to ‘pimp’ a degree by giving it some semblance of credibility? YOUNG CLAIMS SHERIFF’S JOB
(November 6, 2002) http://www.lasvegassun.com/
Young, who spent $1.1 million on his campaign, captured 55.2 percent of the vote. Oaks received 44.7 percent while spending $180,000. “This is the biggest endeavor Sandy and I have ever taken on in our lives,” Young told a [reporter].
Young said he has nothing against Oaks, pointing out that their campaigns weren’t negative. After the election results were finalized, Oaks said he was disappointed, but thought he ran a great race, considering he didn’t have a lot of money to spend on campaigning. “If the hotels want to band together and exclude me, there’s nothing I can
do,” he said, referring to the fact that Young received campaign funding from resorts. During the campaign, Young and Oaks were most sharply divided over their assessment of Metro. Young, who had the support of Keller, contended throughout his campaign that the department was running well, but could improve. SECURITY INSTITUTE MISSES THE MARK (June 18, 2006) http://m.lvsun.com/news/2006/
The master’s program has been on hold since May of last year, when it graduated a pilot class of 15 students, including Sheriff Bill Young, all of whom received full $31,596 scholarships from the university.
Records show that the pilot program was underwritten in part by Bechtel Nevada. The company provided UNLV with a $315,916 check to pay for several of its executives to participate.
The quality of the pilot program received mixed reviews.
“Some of the professors were high quality and others were not,” said Young, who added that overall he found the program challenging. But Bussell, who was one of the instructors, said the curriculum lacked a strong academic foundation. “At the time, it didn’t seem to have the academic standards that it needed,” he said. “I recommended that it needed to be significantly improved.”
Students, for example, received graduate credits for spending a week observing how the Test Site deals with emergencies and another week in Washington hearing presentations from Homeland Security officials. One two-credit course listed in the catalog is called “Cyber Security for non-Nerds.” Public Administration Department Chairman Lee Bernick, who ran the pilot master’s program last year, acknowledged that curriculum needs to be strengthened. “There were some very good things, and there were some things we want to change,” he said. “We want to structure it so it’s more traditionally academic.” Bernick said collaborating with the institute was rocky at times. “It was a learning process for them to understand what a master’s degree program should have in it,” he explained. In hindsight, Williams said, both he and Van Arsdale learned a lot in their dealings with academia. The pilot program went into its stall after the 2005 graduating class when Bernick decided he did not have enough time to devote to both his duties as chairman of the department and director of the program.
Very troubling, isn’t it? I sure wish I could have received credits for going on a field trip instead of driving to every class, doing my own work, and struggling for five long years. There is simply no comparison of the ‘academic rigor’ of traditional graduate schooling when compared with the pilot class at UNLV. Did they sacrifice? Did they do work behind closed doors at their desks in the hallowed halls of the LVMPD? Did they do their own work? Did they print their own diplomas?
If Joe won’t tell us what is ‘SO’ about his education, then there is one more reason to vote NO to Joe!
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Norm Jahn is a former LVMPD lieutenant, who has also served as a police chief in Shawano, Wisconsin, and has nearly 25 years of police experience. Jahn now contributes his opinions and ideas to help improve policing in general, and in Las Vegas in particular, through his weekly column in the Las Vegas Tribune.