Critic of former boss looks even more like sheriff candidate

By stepping up his pointed criticism of Sheriff Doug Gillespie’s decision to overrule the Use of Force Board in the case of officer Jacquar Roston, recently retired Assistant Sheriff Ted Moody sounds even more like a possible candidate for his former boss’s office.

Six board members resigned in the wake of the sheriff’s decision. Moody was the board’s senior department supervisor and was well- respected by its citizen members.

As reported Thursday in the Review-Journal, an internal police report released this week noted that Roston made “poor tactical decisions” leading up to a nonfatal shooting of an unarmed man. But the sheriff determined Roston’s mistake wasn’t enough to warrant termination.

It will be interesting to see how quickly Gillespie moves to find replacements for those departed board members, who scoffed at the credibility of the review process.

As if that weren’t enough of a challenge for the incumbent, Gillespie is suddenly struggling to persuade the usually pliant Clark County Commission on a sales tax proposal to increase pay for police officers. On Tuesday, the commission decided to delay its vote. Approval would raise the county sales tax from 8.1 percent to 8.25 percent.

The election isn’t until next year, but the recent controversies potentially complicate matters for Gillespie, who hasn’t faced much opposition. For his part, Moody has said he has not decided whether to run.

ADIOS, HACIENDA: How much is worker loyalty worth?

At the 370-room Hacienda, for instance, I’m told a number of employees have logged many years of service at the diminutive Hoover Dam-area casino property, which was recently purchased by successful slot parlor operator Dotty’s.

The Boulder City Review first reported the Hacienda’s employees have been notified they must reapply for their jobs under the new management, which is known for running extremely lean operations.

EARLY ENDORSEMENT: It’s no surprise given her politics and track record of activism, but 3rd Congressional District candidate Erin Bilbray has received an endorsement from EMILY’s List, the women’s organization that boasts 2 million members. Bilbray, a Democrat, is challenging Rep. Joe Heck.

In a blistering email barrage, the state Democratic Party has made Heck a whipping boy. The race promises to be one of the most watched and most contentious in the country.

The daughter of former Nevada Rep. James Bilbray is the founder of Emerge Nevada, which promotes candidates who make issues facing women and families a priority.

THREE SQUARE: Now this is a charity I can sink my teeth into. Aug. 23 to 30, diners can help feed hungry children while they feed themselves during Three Square Food Bank’s Las Vegas Restaurant Week. Part of the proceeds from every meal helps the food bank collect food for thousands of hungry youngsters in Southern Nevada.

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ON THE BOULEVARD: Lovers obsessed with sequential dates are surely considering getting hitched on Nov. 12. That’s 11/12/13, a date even the most absent-minded husbands are likely to remember. … More positive press for the Italian-American Club, this time in the Los Angeles Times. … Expect more intrigue in the quirky case of Darin Notaro, aka Steve Stevens, the Internet sports tout who has hustled his way into a reality television show on CNBC called “Money Talks.” Notaro’s eclectic resume includes a conviction related to telemarketing fraud. … For a guy who is accused of swindling investors out of approximately $190 million and owing the IRS the taxes on $87 million, the case of casino high roller Ramon DeSage continues to receive relatively little media interest. How about a list of those investors, Mr. DeSage?

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