They are both offspring of US Air Force veterans and they both were born outside the United States: one in Japan, the other one in London; they are four years apart and they both have been with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for over a quarter of a century.
How are Clark County voters going to learn which candidate is the best to run one of the largest police departments in the nation?
It is easy, if they want to do the right thing and they want to prove to the present administration that they are all for change, a change that may help the community to bring the morale of the police department to a higher level, and a change that can bring back the communication, the relationship and the trust between the police and the public. They have to look at the integrity of each candidate and the respect that each of the candidates gives to the people of Clark County.
Joe Lombardo, the 56-year-old son of an Air Force veteran, was born in Japan, has been in his present job with the Las Vegas Police Department half of his life, and did not have the decency to step down from his six figure-salary to run for a higher post.
Larry Burns, the son of an Air Force veteran, was born in London and attended Brigham Young University. After a short stint in construction, he joined Las Vegas Metro twenty-seven years ago. He retired from the job he really loved to run for the post of sheriff.
Las Vegas Tribune found an insert in the book “The Permit,” authored by investigative reporter and author Bill Scott, and on that page it reads as follows: “When deciding which sheriff candidate has sold out to the Cartel of Corruption—millionaires, gaming industry billionaires, “king maker” advertising firms, the district attorney, certain judges, and a host of commercial vested interests — look no further than those Campaign Contribution reports. They’re in the public domain.” (A bit of reading between the lines of Joe Lombardo’s January 2014 report is revealing — note the names of the hotels and the amounts given to purchase Lombardo.)
If Lombardo were not so anxious to practice being seated at the sheriff’s desk and playing the role when his boss is not in the 400 PP (police plaza AKA 400 S. Martin L. King Boulevard 89106) and would have stepped down from his job as an assistant sheriff and not accepted the promotion to undersheriff, today he would have been in better political shape with the people of the community, the hard-working people that he does not seem to care about, thinking that his wealthy campaign contributors could raise all the votes he needs to win.
Can Lombardo name a few of his contributions to the community he plans to lead if elected in November?
Only some of his friends may think he can. On the other hand, Larry Burns is backed by former Sheriff Jerry Keller and by former Sheriff Doug Gillespie’s undersheriff, Rod Jett, and almost every other retired and current command and executive staff.
There are some notes on how to learn who is the best candidate to lead the Metropolitan Police Department in Las Vegas; do the math yourself and don’t let anyone brainwash you into making a different decision.
Rumor has it that Sheriff Gillespie has told those people in what Las Vegas Tribune has referred to as “campaign payback positions” that if Larry Burns is elected sheriff, they most likely will lose their positions, but that is only a campaign threat by those who are seeing themselves as the losers.
Most likely those positions would be reevaluated and maybe some transfers will take effect, but if so, it should be the right thing to do.
After all, anyone may be able to make a traffic ticket disappear, but no one on the top floor is going to come to your help because you are not among those giving the sheriff candidate a big check, so you are out of his league.
Scott ended his post with a very well-put quote. “If you want to keep your job, and if you want your city to prosper again, cast your vote for The Right Sheriff.”
Only he will take the difficult, necessary steps to clean up Metro and destroy the cancer of “officialdom” that is decimating your city and county.
The only way those visitor numbers will return to “normal” is to destroy the Cartel of Corruption and sweep lawbreakers from public office.