(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–A Clark County Commissioner has raised questions about a recent arbitration ruling granting cost-of-living and health insurance increases to Metro Police.

Steve Sisolak thinks the deal was engineered by the Sheriff, police union and arbitrator to avoid controversy as the Sheriff attempted to pass a sales tax increase.

Sisolak tells KXNT the deal–the complete details of which he has yet to see–skirts the law. He notes the arbiter’s ruling was barely a page long–as compared to a 45-page explanation in an arbitration ruling involving firefighters recently–and fails to disclose the best-last offers from each side, as required by law.

Sheriff Doug Gillespie adamantly denied at a Friday afternoon news conference that any such backroom deal was made and that none of Sisolak’s allegations are true.

But Sisolak told KNXT, “The parties played fast and loose with the statute.”  Sisolak raised the issue in a meeting with editors of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The paper said in its story of the meeting that Sisolak claimed collusion between the parties involved in the ruling.  Sisolak says he did not use that word in his talk with the newspaper, and  told KXNT he would leave it to others to describe the process. “Other people have used other adjectives, a ‘perversion of the statute’..I dont know, that’s for somebody higher than me to decide. I’ve just run into brick wall after brick wall after brick wall.”

Sisolak believes the 1 1/2% cost of living hike and increase in employer-donated health insurance premiums amounts to about $6 million or more, but is not even sure of that because it is not detailed–as required–in the arbitrator’s ruling.

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