Sheriff Doug Gillespie Announces He Will Not Seek Third Term

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.


Douglas C. Gillespie

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