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Vegas Sheriff Gillespie will not seek 3rd term

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Doug Gillespie first took office as sheriff for the Las Vegas Metro Police Department in 2006. (FOX5) Doug Gillespie first took office as sheriff for the Las Vegas Metro Police Department in 2006. (FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Sheriff Doug Gillespie announced Monday he will not seek a third term as the top cop for Las Vegas Metro police.

In a letter, Gillespie said he plans to complete the remaining year and a half left in his second term.

"I am making this announcement today, as I want the department focused on the business of serving this community and not speculating on the politics of the job," Gillespie stated in his announcement letter.

Gillespie further stated his focus will be on placing more officers in the field.

There was no word on his post-sheriff title. Gillespie has served with Metro since 1981.

Gillespie announced his intentions in the following letter:

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.

I am making this announcement today, as I want the department focused on the business of serving this community and not speculating on the politics of this job.

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.

We should all be proud of the work we've done so far. We became one of eight agencies in the country to receive the Tri Arc Award, an accreditation that places us at the highest level of public safety. We have changed our community through innovative programs like the Safe Village Initiative, The Terrorism Liaison Officer program and Community Oriented Policing. We even took the initiative to take a critical look at our agency by inviting two separate reviews of our use of force and training policies so that we could be a better and stronger department.

Come January 2015, I will have had the privilege of working as a police officer for LVMPD for 34 years. Although my role is changing, I will continue to be of service in other ways. One of the things I have learned over the years is that we have an exceptional department and an extraordinary community.

I appreciate the support I have received these past 7 years internally and from the community. I have enjoyed leading what I believe is the best police department in the country.

I wish all those who choose to pursue the position of sheriff the best of luck.

Sincerely,

Douglas C. Gillespie

Executive Director of the Las Vegas Police Protective Union Chris Collins said he was surprised by the news.

He said he believes Gillespie will accomplish his goals without having to focus on politics.

He also admits morale has been low with the department.

"I think some of the officers would like to blame it on the sheriff 100 percent. I don't think you can blame it 100 percent on the sheriff, but he certainly has some responsibility in that," Collins said.

In July, several members of the Use of Force board resigned after the sheriff didn't take their unanimous advice to fire an officer involved in a shooting.

Robert Martinez was co-chair of the board. He said he's not surprised at the news.

"You just can't keep ignoring the fact that things are wrong and things are bad. I think he's realized that," Martinez said.

He said looking forward, voters need to get someone fresh in there and not someone backed by the police union.

"I think the people have finally had enough and will say no to anyone representing the police department (for the union). It's time for a change," Martinez said.

Officer Laurie Bisch, who ran against Gillespie in 2010, said she will run for sheriff once again in 2014.

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