alleged domestic violence incident at the home of sheriff candidate
Ted Moody. Recordings were part of the story. Dana Gentry also
interviewed Moody’s wife.
One recording involved a telephone call made by Deputy Chief Gary
Schofield to LVMPD dispatchers after he had received a cell phone call
from a number he did not recognize. The other was a recording of radio
traffic broadcasts by officers who responded to Moody’s residence.
Did these releases, and the ‘slant’ of the interview of Moody’s wife
by Dana Gentry, serve to strengthen his claim to be an OUTSIDER in
this election? I think so! I don’t think I’ve ever seen Oscar Goodman
asked if he can handle the demands and pressures of his wife being
Mayor (or vice versa). I think Mrs. Moody originally reached out to
the media to tell her story–maybe that was a mistake? Would Gentry
have the courage (I can think of some more descriptive words) to ask
Governor Sandoval’s wife is she is ‘tough’ enough to handle her
husband being Nevada’s Governor?
Metro released recordings in this case but they will often delay or
deny release. The ‘outsider/enemy’ that needed to suffer damage was
Ted Moody. Moody has violated the ‘tan code’ by not being a clone. I
think he has the independence, confidence, arrogance, or ‘attitude’ to
not merely be a DRONE for the big money donors that Lombardo has
backing him; Ted has ‘broken ranks’ with the regime. When Metro
targets and turns on you, they go after you with a VENGEANCE!
If he advances to the general election it will be interesting to see
who the unions decide to endorse. Just like some of the hotels who
donate money to more than one candidate (to cover all bases), I’m
guessing that, if Larry Burns loses, the unions will have a hard time
endorsing Joe Lombardo—or maybe not because of his powerful
Moody presents the ultimate threat to the organization. He is not
naive to the culture, the conduct, or the history of the LVMPD. He
knows where the skeletons are hidden. He also has now felt the
contempt and disdain from his own people, which has probably
enlightened him and prepared him to make the changes necessary to
reform Metro in so many areas.
Does anyone want to know how out of control a police agency can
become? Look at news coverage of the Seattle Police Department (they
just selected a new [female] chief from ‘outside’ of the
organization). How about the Cleveland Police Department which just
had a half-dozen officers indicted (by their local District Attorney)
after an unreal pursuit and the killing of two subjects in a car. One
officer fired 49 times –- including about 15 from the hood of the
suspect’s vehicle…(neither of the deceased had a gun) and some
people think that this is just fine and completely justified! I did
not select a policing career to be involved in such undisciplined and
out-of-control conduct. They can call me a turncoat or traitor all day
long. Someday, if some things don’t change in the LVMPD, it will be
the spouse, son, daughter, or loved one of a police officer that is
dead! That would be a real tragedy and cause some real reflection,
wouldn’t it? Why not just try to prevent it and retrain and remove the
crazies that got hired after playing with a joystick for too long on
animated video games where the blood is not real!
I’m not endorsing Moody — not yet. I might if he started reporting the
‘dirt’ that he knows …not necessarily corruption, but just facts
that are hidden from the public. We attended the police academy
together in 1983 but have hardly ever worked together since then. He
would know if officers were required to sign ‘confidentiality
agreements’ after the call at his home (or many other similar
incidents over the years). If he knows, he could announce to the
voters what was (or was not) done after the call at his home. He is
innocent until proven guilty, but speculation is powerful and he could
at least try to put it to rest. He would also know if Doug Gillespie
was ultimately the man responsible to ensure that appropriate action
(including an arrest) was taken the night of the call at his
residence. If there was a ‘cover-up’ does anyone think that Joe
Lombardo, Jim Dixon, and Doug Gillespie were not all part of some
discussions? What does this mean?
I certainly hope that Ted and Larry, and Bobby, and Gordon, keep
fighting to the end. Their ‘challenges’ to the regime are actually
improving the department. Imagine how many hundreds (maybe thousands)
of people have had a chance to meet them, evaluate them as men and
evaluate their character. I’m sure that along the campaign trail the
public has asked important questions and received answers that
validate the need for change at the LVMPD.
Campaign Contribution Reports
Sheriff Gillespie’s 2010 campaign contribution reports apparently show
the emergence of a $1000 Club! If I’m not confusing the 2010
contributions with the 2014 contributions, I think observers will see
that people (employees) like Jim Dixon (promoted to Undersheriff),
Gary Schofield (promoted to Deputy Chief), Joe Lombardo, Mike McClary,
and even a secretary show up as giving around one thousand dollars to
the man they wanted to continue to be their boss. Well, maybe I saw
that people like Schofield have given $1,000 (or more) in more than
one campaign. He must really like Doug and Joe!
Others like Pat Neville (thank goodness he does not tell us about
Officer Involved Shootings any more) gave $400 (and got promoted to
Deputy Chief). Former Under-sheriff Rod Jett gave his boss $500.
Then there are people like Attorney Chesnoff who I believe gave
$10,000, and the big boys with ‘B’s in their names (Baldwin Bible,
Binion and McBeath). How about the little ‘wanna-be’ Attorney Nick
Crosby? He gets kudos from Gillespie for firing officers and he wants
to retain the ‘retainer’ with the LVMPD. He personally donates $500…
Come on, Tricky Nicky… at least have your wife, relatives, or boss
sign a check to conceal you from the obvious SUCK-UP to Joe!
Just look at the 2014 contributors who have given Joe Lombardo what
will probably exceed one million dollars before November! We know
about the hotels and corporations that want Joe’s ear. But what is the
deal with people like Attorney David Chesnoff (and wife?) donating
$10,000? Didn’t he also donate the same amount in 2010? What does a
criminal defense attorney (not just a topless club-owner) expect from
this ‘strong’ donation? Yes — LVMPD employees have ‘free will’ to give
up their hard-earned money during a campaign… but look at the names
on Joe Lombardo’s May 2014 contribution report. Captain (soon to be
Deputy Chief) Matt McCarthy gave $1,000. It was just under 20 years
ago (1996) that he was telling me (Lt. Norm Jahn) that he was gay and
that he was being severely harassed in the briefing room (by his
sergeant). Guess what I did? I prepared a memo on the complaint. I
pissed off my Deputy Chief because he then had to conduct an
investigation. There was corrective action taken against the sergeant
but he did not lose his job. The sergeant had not ‘CROSSED THE STREET’
like me. Yes, I am being sarcastic, but it is pretty pathetic that
Captain McCarthy was involved in the orchestrated termination of me in
2011! Pathetic indeed!
The general public thinks that Metro officers all stick together. That
is crazy. Some of them are absolutely ruthless in their quest to get
in good graces with whoever has ‘juice’ and then to parlay that into
promotions or special assignments.
I’d rather eat s**t (or get fired) than play their little game and
fail to serve the PUBLIC and uphold the highest ideals of the policing
I got fired … in a sense, the voters can ‘fire’ every one of the
current candidates for Sheriff with one exception. Guess who that is?
Assistant Sheriff Joe Lombardo will remain as at least a captain
making over $150,000 a year no matter who gets elected.
NEXT WEEK: If it matters… a discussion of the incredibly low levels
of educational achievement in Metro’s top command.
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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.