(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie says he will not seek re-election in 2014.
The announcement came in a statement released by Metro Police, in which Gillespie said, “It is with a great deal of thought and consideration that I have made the decision to not pursue a third term as Clark County Sheriff.
I do plan to complete my current term and I promise to stay committed to working hard in leading the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department the next year and a half.”
Gillespie’s decision recently not to terminate an officer who had shot and wounded an unarmed suspect in a confrontation last year brought criticism from civilian members of the Use of Force Board. A half dozen members resigned in protest. The Sheriff ordered additional training for the officer, but said he should not be terminated.
The Sheriff has been in the forefront of trying to increase the amount of revenue for his department, which has been hit hard in recent years by cutbacks and personnel reductions.
He lobbied intently for a sales tax increase of a quarter cent, which the legislature granted to Clark County in this past session. The decision on whether to implement that tax hike is still pending in the County Commission.
Gillespie’s statement indicates he intends to intensify his work without the burden of seeking another term in office.
“Without the obligation that comes from campaigning and fundraising I can focus on completing some of my major objectives like the More Cops initiative and putting more officers out on the streets. There is nothing more important to me and nothing I am more committed to seeing through.”, said his statement.
Gillespie has been in law enforcement for 34 years.