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Las Vegas Police Protective Association wants to endorse Lombardo by seeking bylaw change

LAS VEGAS — The Las Vegas Police Protective Association (LVPPA) is asking union members of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to vote for changing the union bylaws so its Executive Board would have sole authority to give union endorsement to Sheriff Joe Lombardo, according to sources who spoke to the Baltimore Post-Examiner.

The LVPPA has not endorsed any candidate for sheriff because of a recent vote by the membership.

Steve Grammas, president of the LVPPA that represents the 2,808 rank and file members of the LVMPD, sent out a letter March 20 to the membership urging them to support incumbent Lombardo in the upcoming June primary election.

In part, the letter stated, “I believe that Sheriff Lombardo is the best candidate in the race and I would like to see us continue to have a working relationship between the Sheriff and the LVPPA.  Soon, a vote will be going out to the membership to see which candidate they want to support in the coming election.  I speak for the entire Executive Board when I say we hope the response comes back in support of Sheriff Lombardo.”

LVPPA did not respond to Baltimore Post-Examiner’s request for comment.

More than 80 percent of the LVPPA disagreed with Grammas.

On April 2 Grammas sent out the following letter:

“Last week we sent out the vote for who you all wanted to endorse for the coming Sheriff’s election.  2,808 emails to vote went out to our membership.  We had 775 members cast their vote while 264 members opened the vote but did not cast a vote and 1, 769 members did not open the voting email.  The results area as follows: Joe Lombardo- 526 (68%), Timothy Bedwell- 183 (24%), Gordon Martines- 36 (5%), Matthew Caldwell- 21 (3%) and Gregory Heiny- 9 (1%).  

We did not reach the necessary 51% of the membership casting a vote in this endorsement.  As such, and in accordance with the Bylaws, the LVPPA will not be endorsing any candidate in this election.”

The Baltimore Post-Examiner was told that union representatives at the LVMPD Area Commands are urging LVPPA members to sign ballots approving changing the union bylaws giving the LVPPA Executive Board the power to endorse Sheriff Lombardo before the upcoming June primary election, thus bypassing the recent union vote.

Police officers were instructing others not to sign the ballots because doing so would not give them a voice, according to sources.



















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Doug Poppa

Doug Poppa is a US Army Military Police Veteran, former law enforcement officer, criminal investigator and private sector security and investigations management professional with 40 years of experience. In 1986 Mr. Poppa was awarded “Criminal Investigator of the Year” by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia for his undercover work in narcotics enforcement. He was also re-assigned to the Northern Virginia Regional Narcotics Enforcement Task Force for 18 months. In 1991 and again in 1992 Mr. Poppa’s testimony under oath in court led to the discovery that exculpatory evidence was withheld from the defense by the prosecutor and sheriff’s office officials during the 1988 trial of a man accused of attempted murder of his wife that led to his conviction. As a result of his testimony the man was ordered released from prison, given a new trial in 1992 and found not guilty. Mr. Poppa became the subject of local and national news media attention as a result of his testimony which led to the demise of his 12-year police career. After losing his job, at the request of the FBI, Mr. Poppa infiltrated in an undercover capacity a group of men who were plotting the kidnapping of a Dupont Chemical fortune heir and his wife in 1992. His stories have been featured on Inside Edition, A Current Affair, and CBS News’ Street Stories with Ed Bradley. Contact the author.

One Comment

  1. Barney Chooch says:

    If 1700 out of 2800 members of the Union didnt even open the email that means either there is a major problem and they dont really have an effective and engaged Union, or somehow 1700 members didnt see or get it for some strange reason. Regardless, that is the most troublesome fact of the article. I wonder if there is more to the story as to why the members would be so lackadaisical about their own labor issues.


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