LAS VEGAS (AP) - The sheriff in Las Vegas says he's not going to run for re-election next year.
Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie released a letter Monday saying he'll turn over the helm of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to a successor in January 2015.
Gillespie says that'll give him 34 years as a Las Vegas police officer.
He says he's making the announcement now to keep the department focused on policing, and not on the politics of his job.
Gillespie was first elected sheriff in 2006, after his former mentor Bill Young declined to seek a second term.
The department has about 5,000 employees, including 3,200 sworn police and corrections officers.
It covers Las Vegas and all of surrounding Clark County except Henderson, North Las Vegas, Mesquite and Boulder City.