My name is Bill Roman and I’m running for Clark County Sheriff this year. I have previous police experience in both the military and civilian police work. For the last 30 years I’ve been working in corporate security management. I’m running for Clark County Sheriff this year for several reasons. One of the reasons is that there has been no improvement in our police department regarding officer involved shootings of unarmed or defenseless citizens in Clark County. As a result public safety has suffered and trust in our police department’s ability to be in the business of saving lives has been greatly diminished.
During most of the time this current Sheriff’s administration has been in power, so have 3 of the candidates, Joe Lombardo, Ted Moody and Larry Burns. Each have failed in their responsibilities to keep our citizens safe from officer involved shootings of unarmed and defenseless citizens. All were working in Metro during the shooting deaths of Trevon Cole, Eric Scott and Stanley Gibson, among others. They were working at Metro when the US Justice Department did their investigation of the department and made a number of recommendations, including the most important, de-escalation regarding the use of force. De-escalation of potential officer involved shootings has failed, and so has Metro management. In October of 2013 a Metro officer shot and seriously wounded a citizen he thought looked like someone who had committed a crime the night before. This officer involved shooting went from officer observation to enforcing the law at the point of a gun, shooting an unarmed, innocent citizen who just happened to look like someone who had committed a crime. This approach to law enforcement is unacceptable and in direct conflict with the recommendation by the USDOJ to de-escalate, which, according to Joe Lombardo, is 80% implemented. De-escalation has obviously not been part of the 80% which was implemented. The officer who shot the unarmed citizen is still on Metro, working in an administrative capacity, being paid, while awaiting the results of this, so far, 6 month long investigation. If I’m elected Sheriff I will terminate the employment of any police officer who shoots an unarmed or defenseless citizen and I will not wait 6 months to do it.
I am not a member of Metro and have never been a member of Metro. Instead of working at Metro, where a persons employment status is not always based on performance, but sometimes on longevity, I have worked for the last 30 years in a management environment where my performance counted for everything, including continued employment. And I’ve been successful. At Metro, continued employment is almost never an issue and has resulted in the failure of senior Metro management, including those currently running, to hold officers accountable who do not follow established policy. This was the case with the officer who shot the citizen in October of 2013. If elected Sheriff I will put my considerable management courage and skills to work for the citizens of Clark County.