Attorney General compelled to sue Sheriff Gillespie for violating the open meeting law

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Attorney General compelled to sue Sheriff Gillespie for violating the open meeting law

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Gillespie asking Metro’s Fiscal Affairs for $26 million dollars in pay increase and benefits

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (April 26, 2013) – Endeavor Media Group, a full-service Las Vegas public relations agency announced today that Nevada’s top veterans organization, VIPI (Veterans In Politics International, Inc.) has requested Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto to file a legal complaint against Sheriff Doug Gillespie for knowingly and willfully violating the open meeting law. Sheriff Gillespie allegedly met with the Metro’s Fiscal Affairs Committee in a “Close Door Session” on April 22, 2013 to discuss receiving additional funding in the amount of $26,000,000 to give current employed officers a pay increase even though over 300 officers already earn more than $100,000 annually (Metro’s Salary): http://transparentnevada.com/salaries/2012/las-vegas-metro-police-department/ .

This is the backroom deal the Sheriff had with the Las Vegas Police Protective Association to get them to come on board and support Assembly Bill 496. According to NRS Chapter 241 – Meetings of State and Local Agencies, written notice of all meetings must be given at least 3 working days before the meeting and this meeting between Sheriff Gillespie and the Metro’s Fiscal Affairs Committee did not meet the exception criteria. VIPI is demanding the minutes and for action by the Nevada’s Attorney General including an investigation and lawsuit filed in District Court. All alleged parties involved may be guilty of a misdemeanor.

Currently Nevada leads the nation in unemployment, foreclosures and homelessness. Another tax increase requested by the Sheriff on the backs of already struggling Nevadans’ to give pay raises to employed officers seems unfair, insensitive and blatantly disrespectful to some. Statistics show that crime increases when Nevadans are unable to financially provide for themselves when taxes are increased and such a request can only mean that Sheriff Gillespie wants to increase job security for himself and officers.

In 2004 the Nevada voters passed an initiative to hire more police officers, this vote was done while former Sheriff Bill Young was in office, over 9 years ago times have changed people are struggling and Sheriff Doug Gillespie has wastefully spent tax payers money only to beg for more. Also Gillespie wasted over $42,000,000 of tax payers’ money on faulty radios that have allegedly contributed to the death of Army Gulf War Veteran Stanley Gibson. To help prevent another tax increase and crime from increasing contact Nevada Attorney General Masto and urge her to launch an investigation into the actions of Sheriff Gillespie and to file a lawsuit in District Court by completing this Open Meeting Law Complaint Form http://ag.nv.gov/Complaints/File_Complaint/.   

In addition please contact your Nevada State Senator and asked them to give a “NO” vote on Assembly Bill 496 that will be before the Nevada Senate Committee this week (Nevada State Senators: http://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Legislator/A/Senate/77th2013/).

 

                        Veterans In Politics International, Inc.:

This mission of Veterans In Politics International, Inc. is to educate, organize, and awaken our veterans and their families to select, support and intelligently vote for those candidates whom would help create a better world, to protect ourselves from our own government(s) in a culture of corruption, and to be the political voice for those in other groups who do not have one. For information visit www.veteransinpolitics.com.  

Endeavor Media Group:

Endeavor Media Group is a full-service Las Vegas public relations agency. Services include brand development, crisis management, media relations and more. Areas of expertise include arts and entertainment, politics and sports. Since 2011 Endeavor Media Group has connected its clients with customers nationwide through movies, television, radio, publications, blogs, mobile, events, signage and placements. For information visit www.emgnv.com.  

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PR Contact:

Endeavor Media Group 702.257.8850

Sasha Harris, sasha.harris@emgnv.com  

 

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