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Former undersheriff first to announce for Las Vegas sheriff

July 21, 2021 GMT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The retired second-in-command at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says he’ll run to replace Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo.

Former Undersheriff Kevin McMahill’s statement, issued Tuesday, included support from Lombardo, who is running as a Republican to challenge Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak.

“I strongly endorse Kevin McMahill,” Lombardo said, praising McMahill as “an outstanding crime fighter and empathetic leader who builds consensus and leads with accountability.”

McMahill is the first sheriff candidate to announce for the November 2022 election.

State Assemblyman Tom Roberts, who retired in 2018 as assistant sheriff in Las Vegas, also is expected to run.

McMahill, 53, is a U.S. Army veteran who spent three decades as a Las Vegas police officer. He advanced through the ranks before then-Sheriff Doug Gillespie promoted him to undersheriff in 2014.

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McMahill’s public profile expanded after the Las Vegas Strip shooting in October 2017, when he frequently fielded questions about the investigation of the massacre that left 58 people dead and hundreds injured. The number reached 60 after two other victims died months later from their injuries.

Metro is the state’s largest police agency, with an annual budget of more than $650 million, nearly 4,000 sworn patrol and corrections officers, and 2,000 civilian employees.