Notable Nevadans





January 13, 2015 

Mr. HELLER: Mr. President, I rise today to congratulate Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie, of Las Vegas, on his retirement.  After more than three decades of service to the people of Clark County, Sheriff Gillespie retired from public service on January 5, 2015.  It gives me great pleasure to congratulate him on his retirement after his years of hard work and dedication to the people of Southern Nevada.

Responsible for the safety of one of the world’s top tourist attractions, Sheriff Gillespie stands as a shining example of someone who has devoted most of his life to serving his community. Born in Pennsylvania and raised in New York, Sheriff Gillespie’s career in public service began in 1980 when he joined the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department as a patrol officer. Prior to serving as Sheriff, he served in both SWAT and the K-9 Unit, eventually working his way to Undersheriff in 2003.

In 2006, he was elected Clark County Sheriff, where he served for eight years. Sheriff Gillespie’s accomplishments, such as improving the Safe Strip Initiative to ensure tourist safety, civilianizing the LVMPD Crime Lab to ensure proper investigations, and establishing the Fusion Center to streamline and share information with different agencies, have made Clark County a stronger and safer community I am proud to represent in the United States Senate. A dedicated police officer and public servant, Sheriff Gillespie was recognized by the National Sheriffs’ Association as the 2014 Sheriff of the Year. 

I am grateful for Sheriff Gillespie’s commitment and dedication to the people of Southern Nevada. He exemplifies the highest standards of leadership and community service and should be proud of his long and meaningful career.  Today, I ask that all of my colleagues join me in congratulating Sheriff Gillespie on his retirement after 34 years, and I offer my deepest appreciation for all that he has done for Clark County.  I offer my best wishes to Doug and his wife, Louise, for many successful and fulfilling years to come.    

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