“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” ~ Lao Tzu
Integrity is the most important leadership trait. In my mind the next is moral courage, followed by judgement.
Leading Metro, with nearly 6000 personnel and a $600,000 budget takes experience, education, and superior leadership skills. That’s what I will bring to LVMPD as Sheriff.
My run for Sheriff is based on decades of work in this valley. Many times I have partnered with Metro staff for everything from undercover cases to public meetings.
We all know the spirit of Metro is alive and needs leadership that gives each individual equal opportunity for promotions and special assignments. Officers and staff need to know they will be protected when they are falsely accused and that bad cops won’t get a pass. That’s what I want to bring to Metro’s staff.
The public wants a police department it can trust and a Sheriff who is accessible. It’s important that I sit and talk with the people of this community, get their input and give the public safety services they at the same time taking responsibility for everything Metro does, good or bad and won’t leave the room if you ask me a tough question. That’s what I want to deliver from Metro.
I have understood what it means to be a leader since I made Sergeant in the Marines in 1978. My education includes a Master’s degree in criminal justice organizational management.
I”ve commanded Marines in the safeguarding of U.S. Embassies abroad. Protected Presidents, Congressional delegations, diplomats and American families on foreign soil. I was Chairman of the School Board at the American School of Madagascar.
Having worked in the office of the Chief of Police for nearly a decade I fully understand the executive management needs of an organization, from union negotiations and public outreach to special investigations and promotion testing requirements.
I’ve supervised recruiting, testing, background, and field training of potential law enforcement candidates, so I know how hard it is to select and train personnel. Proudly supervised patrol squads and special units. Served on SWAT as an entry team leader so I know what it’s like to go first through a door leading to an ultimate conflict.
I’ve cried with grieving mothers and captured child molesters, held the hand of dying men. I’ve been the detective in charge of homicides involving Federal officers, tracked down burglary rings. I have Interviewed suspects for the most heinous crimes imaginable and gotten confessions leading to mandatory life sentences.
My law enforcement career spans three law enforcement agencies with mare than two decades of service. I’ve worked in virtually every unit except Narcs and Vice. I am a pilot and possess many other specialized skills. I learn something new every day.
But most of all, and most importantly, I am a leader.