Former Sheriff Bill Young may run again

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Former Sheriff Bill Young may run again

By Darcy Spears. CREATED Aug 27, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Just one day after Sheriff Doug Gillespie announced he would not seek a third term, his predecessor confirms he may throw his hat in the ring.

Contact 13 Chief Investigator Darcy Spears spoke with Bill Young Tuesday afternoon, and he's considering a return to public service.

The former sheriff is in Washington, D.C. for security briefings as part of his current job, vice president of security for Station Casinos.

He said Doug Gillespie's announcement caught him by surprise, but it does present an opportunity.

"I wouldn't certainly be running against anybody, I'd be running for the office if I choose to do it," Young said. "And solely because I think Metro needs some good leadership. Times are a lot tougher now than when when I was sheriff, financially."

Gillespie has had financial problems with the recent push-back from county commissioners over his More Cops tax.

But there's also the death of Search and Rescue Officer David Van Buskirk, the mass resignation of members of Metro's Use of Force Board and the controversial helicopter ride given to Guns N' Roses Guitarist DJ Ashba and his girlfriend.

Action News asked Young what he thought might be behind Gillespie's decision.

"Police officers have a tremendous amount of power and when things don't go as well as we'd all like, there's a lot of questions and it wears on you as head of that organization."

Young said he knows what it's like to sit in Metro's top seat, and that's part of what he has to offer. But he's not ready to formally offer anything up just yet. 

He said it's a big decision, a family decision and a tough decision that may take him days or even weeks to make.

Bill Young was Clark County sheriff from 2003-2007, serving only one term in office before deciding not to run again.

He said if he does run this time around, it, too, will be for just one term.

Darcy Spears

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Darcy Spears is currently the Chief Investigative Reporter for Action News.