LAS VEGAS -- Six candidates have already thrown their hat into the ring for the job of Clark County sheriff. Each candidate has decades of law enforcement experience. Some are part of Metro's top brass, others, are part of the rank-and-file.
Each brings a unique perspective on how best to lead Nevada's largest law enforcement agency.
Former Assistant Sheriff Ted Moody joined the Metropolitan Police Department in 1983.
"In the last eight years, nearly a decade, I led and managed at the very highest levels within the Metropolitan Police Department," Moody said.
Recently retired, Moody led Metro's complete overhaul of the Use of Force Review Board.
"Most people would agree that what Metro needs more than anything else right now is strong leadership, innovation, creativity, and overall improvement in the way we deliver police services to this community. My record speaks for itself on all counts.
Assistant Sheriff Joe Lombardo added his name to the list on Dec. 4. He has the full support of Sheriff Doug Gillespie and former Sheriff Bill Young. He said he had a reason for taking his time to 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's a big deal. It wasn't on my radar. I was going to support Doug going into his third term but when he tapped me on the shoulder, I did an evaluation of my experience and education, and said I'm the guy to move the department forward.
"I like making a difference. I like fighting crime," said Metro Police Officer Laurie Bisch who dropped out of the race last month. It was her third bid for sheriff. She has now thrown her support behind Metro Captain Larry Burns.
"I would reboot the organization. Of course, the concept there is that when you reboot something, a computer, all the components are there. The components are good, but sometimes we become sluggish, and we need to be a little more sharp or a little more refined," Burns said.
He will retire Friday, Dec. 6, after 27 years with the force. He touts his success for driving crime down in west Las Vegas through community-oriented policing.
"I've been called "Bobby G" for as long as I can remember," said Robert Gronauer, a former Las Vegas Township constable.
He retired from Metro in 1999 and then served as Las Vegas constable for 12 years.
"I've always stayed involved in the community, and today it seems like the community feels disenfranchised from their police department. And I think the police department feels disenfranchised from the community," Gronauer said.
Metro Detective Gordon Martines was unable to do an on camera interview, but he said, "There needs to be a heavy duty change back to what it used to be when the police department had respect, integrity and honor. We've lost that in the last several years because of the current leadership in administration of the department."
The sixth candidate, District Court marshal Angel Barboza, is the only candidate without a Metro Police connection.
Traditionally, whoever raises the most money, wins the prize of holding the position of "top cop" in Clark County. The primary is in June. The top two vote-getters will then go on to the general election in November, with the new sheriff being sworn in on Jan. 1, 2015.