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Assistant Sheriff Announces Candidacy for Clark County Sheriff

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LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police Assistant Sheriff Joe Lombardo announced Wednesday his plans to run for Clark County Sheriff.

Sheriff Doug Gillespie announced in August his decision not to seek a third term.

Lombardo is a 25-year veteran of the force and has risen through the ranks. Gillespie and former Sheriff Bill Young have endorsed Lombardo.

"After giving it a great deal of thought, and with all humility, I arrived at the conclusion that my combination of experience and education make me the best choice to be our next Sheriff," Lombardo said. "I'm running on my record of leadership and accountability. I'm the best-trained, best-equipped candidate to lead Metro through a crucial juncture in the Department's history."

Lombardo is the number three person in the police department and, at one time or another, has led pretty much every division within Metro. He says his style is that of a behind-the-scenes problem solver, not someone who gets their face on TV very often.

When Sheriff Doug Gillespie made the decision to not seek a third term, he urged Lombardo to jump into the race right away. Instead, Lombardo took his time and evaluated all the options.

"People say, 'why did you take so long to say you would run for sheriff? Why not announce?' Because I did my due diligence. I wasn't caught up in the celebrity of it. For the number one guy to tap you on the shoulder and say, 'hey, I want you to consider this.' That is a big deal. It wasn't on my radar," Lombardo said.

Lombardo says he was chosen for Metro's executive staff because he is not a yes man. He is the only candidate to have graduated from the FBI's National Academy, earned a master's degree in crisis management and while he defends Metro as being one of the best police departments in the country, he embraces change.

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The other four candidates in the race are former Metro Assistant Sheriff Ted Moody, Metro Captain Larry Burns, former Metro officer and constable Bobby Gronauer and Metro detective Gordon Martines.

The primary election is set for June 10, 2014.

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