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Angry Vegas sheriff strikes back at 'collusion' claims

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Buoyed by a dozen of his officers, Las Vegas Metro Police Sheriff Doug Gillespie expressed frustration over claims he conspired with an arbitrator during a negotiations over officer pay. (Justin Grant/FOX5) Buoyed by a dozen of his officers, Las Vegas Metro Police Sheriff Doug Gillespie expressed frustration over claims he conspired with an arbitrator during a negotiations over officer pay. (Justin Grant/FOX5)
Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak claimed trying to seek information on missing paperwork in the arbitration. (Justin Grant/FOX5) Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak claimed trying to seek information on missing paperwork in the arbitration. (Justin Grant/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Using words like angry and frustrated, Las Vegas Metro police Sheriff Doug Gillespie struck back at allegations Friday that he conspired recently with an arbitrator to increase officer pay.

The claims were published earlier in the day by Commissioner Steve Sisolak in Friday's edition of the Las Vegas Review Journal. In it, Sisolak said there were red flags in the paperwork from the September arbitration between the police department and the police union.

The arbitration ruling resulted in a 1.5-percent pay bump for police officers.

In the article, Sisolak used the word "collusion" to describe his suspicions involving Gillespie, which set off the sheriff during his news conference to respond to the commissioner.

"None of those allegations are true, or even close to being true," Gillespie said, with a dozen officers behind him at the podium outside Metro Headquarters Friday. "In fact it concerns me greatly that he would take it upon himself to go publicly with comments such as this without at least calling me personally to find out if in fact I know anything about these particular allegations."

The sheriff took no questions from media following the news conference.

Sisolak asserted trying to get answers from Gillespie and the department about missing paperwork from the arbitration.

"The sheriff has a short memory. I did speak to the sheriff, he promised me certain information, it was never provided," Sisolak said. "I've got a string of emails back and forth at the sheriff's department asking for things. I never got any answers. I had no choice. I've asked for help on this, I've had no choice but to say 'look here's the problem'. Obviously he's extremely upset now, so at least we've got his attention."

The missing documents included a written "last-best offers" of both sides before the arbitration started, as well as transcripts from the three-day negotiations.

Sisolak also questioned how the decision was written. He said the decision was only a page and a paragraph. Sisolak compared that to Clark County Fire Department's written arbitration decision from 2011, which was 45 pages.

While having no issues with the police union, Sisolak said the sheriff didn't do enough to negotiate a fair contract for the taxpayers.

Sisolak said he was promised a new decision from the arbitrator, which will include the final cost of the police union's reward to the county. He estimated the cost to the county might be in the millions of dollars.

In September, the arbitrator awarded the police union with a 1.5-percent cost of living raise and increased the health insurance annual premiums for the department.

Stay tuned to FOX5 for the latest on this developing story.

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