Gillespie is still mismanaging the budget; after asking for $518 million for the new budget, he appears to be settling for $7 million less — but nevertheless $122 million more than the last budget.
It is beyond comprehension why the sheriff still insists on so much money when he is not even going to be in control of the budget as he is not running for another term, and a new elected sheriff will be managing the new budget.
Maybe the sheriff is preparing the budget hoping that his tap-on-the-shoulder candidate will be managing the millions that he is so aggressively chasing. He has refused to come forward and open the books to the county commissioners or any other stakeholders involved in the budget distribution for this matter. He refused to budge or reconsider any changes that could ease the astronomical dollar amount he is requesting. Instead, the sheriff is treating the community to a reduction of the services that he is already getting paid to fulfill.
The sheriff started by reducing the assistance to small fender-bender accidents, which is already a law so all he is doing now is enforcing a law that is already on the books, but he gained a little notoriety by making it public now.
The community has realized that service might diminish in residential areas where the voters of Clark County reside, but the police service is more noticeable in all tourist areas, and of course on the world famous Las Vegas Strip, where casino executives and hotel owners contribute over half a million dollars to the sheriff’s “tap-on-the-shoulder” candidate campaign coffer.
We did not have the intention of revealing the name of that “tap-on-the-shoulder” favorite, but we were advised that it is important that the community know the name of the sheriff’s favorite arrogant candidate so they won’t vote for the wrong guy in the primary election on June 10.
The community, in particular those who are blessed with the right to vote, need to know that Joseph Lombardo is the candidate that Sheriff Gillespie has chosen to continue the same corrupted low morale regime he has created; Joe Lombardo is the candidate that has piled a half a million dollars from created interests, casino operators and campaign contributors expecting favors in return.
Metro has plenty of money if they would have a conscientious and well organized administrator-and in our humble opinion, neither the sheriff nor his protégée are qualified as being well organized or conscientious.
Currently Metro has 63 officers collecting detectives’ salaries when they could be out in the field serving the community instead of collecting political favors as campaign promises.
The Public Information Office has 11 Metro officers assigned to that detail, with one civilian female as Executive Director, earning close to one quarter of a million with benefits, vacations and insurance.
Clark County is twice as big as Metro and only has three public information officers including the director; why does Metro need that big of a staff to be secluded from those in need of information to fulfill their duties as journalists?
Why does Metro need a female civilian to guide and to direct police officers on how to do their job?
We have maintained all along that only those who have walked in a police officer’s shoes could be able to understand what happens or what goes on in the field during a situation.
The police union, a.k.a. Las Vegas Police Protective Association, is using nine officers on its staff when the union could pay former police officers from their union dues, and those earning a detective salary as a political payback could go back to work protecting the community; vacation time should be over.
There are ten detectives assigned to the Gun Registration Bureau only to keep track of how many guns are in the hands of the community, and to come up with ideas on how they can take those guns away from the community.
Thirty-three detectives are on duty at the Internal Affair Bureau, which may be a little inflated, not because there are not that many complaints against police officers, but because Metro does not need 33 officers to send letters when the filed complaint is not even warranted.
A total of 73 police officers who could be out protecting the community instead of fulfilling campaign promises.
You the people have to decide.