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April 17, 2014

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Longtime Metro captain announces retirement a month after kicking off run for sheriff’s office

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Steve Marcus

Metro Police Capt. Larry Burns, right, is shown talking with Mujahid Ramadan at the Desert Gardens Condominiums complex near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Bonanza Road in 2012. Pastor Willie Cherry is in the background. Burns is retiring from Metro after a 27-year career and will run for Clark County sheriff in 2014.

Metro Police Capt. Larry Burns, who last month kicked off his campaign to become sheriff of Clark County, will retire from the department Friday.

A message posted on Burns’ Facebook page for his campaign explained his decision: “After much consideration Capt. Burns decided this would be best for him and his family and plans to use his time to focus fully on the campaign and becoming the next Sheriff of Clark County.”

Burns most recently served as captain of Metro’s Bolden Area Command in West Las Vegas, where he led an initiative that pooled police, community agencies and faith-based organizations to rehab the troubled Sherman Gardens public housing area, resulting in crime reductions. During his 27 years with the department, Burns also was the longest-serving SWAT commander in Metro history, he previously told the Sun.

In early November, Burns officially kicked off his campaign in front of more than 1,300 supporters at Police Memorial Park. Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and former sheriff Jerry Keller attended the rally and endorsed Burns.

A retirement celebration honoring Burns is planned for Friday afternoon at Metro headquarters.

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