Ted Moody, who served as the assistant sheriff in Metro, announced his candidacy for sheriff. (Source: Ted Moody for Sheriff)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
While speculation over who might run for sheriff is in the early stages, a former Las Vegas Metro police assistant sheriff officially entered the race.
Ted Moody, who spent at least 30 years with the department, announced Wednesday his intentions to seek the sheriff's office.
"I'm very hopeful for a new day at Metro," Moody told FOX5.
Moody cited various accomplishments he undertook while in Metro, including the creation of the Crisis Intervention Team and leading an overhaul of the department's use of force review process.
"What Metro needs more than anything else right now is strong leadership, innovation, and an overall improvement in how we deliver police services to our community," Moody said in a release announcing his run.
Moody also cites eight years as a member of Metro's executive staff as part of his qualifications.
Moody retired from the LVMPD in protest last month after Gillespie did not fire an officer who shot an unarmed man.
At the time, Moody was chair of the department's Use of Force board, which recommended the officer be terminated.
"My decision to retire from Metro following that particular decision was a matter of principal. The very first thing we have to do is begin to repair and rebuild relationships with some of the other elected officials - earn back the trust, particularly those on the funding bodies," Moody told FOX5.
Following Moody's departure from that board, several other civilians who serve on the Use of Force board left as well.
"We lost some good people in the wake of that decision, in that particular case, but I think that they would come back if we asked them to," Moody said.
But one of Moody's opponents, Laurie Bisch, who is running for sheriff for the third time, feels Moody's departure from the department was unprofessional.
She told FOX5 if he's elected it will be business as usual.
"He was up there in command staff, he was the third-highest ranking person on our police department. If he didn't have the ability to make the change, what makes him think he's going to be able to change the agency by sitting in a different chair?" Bisch said of her opponent.
Meanwhile, the Las Vegas Police Protective Association said funding for the department has been on the decline, and that trend must stop.
"Whoever the next sheriff is has to stand fast and say to the city and the county you must fund this agency in order to ensure the public safety," said Chris Collins, executive director of the LVPPA.
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