Joseph Michael "Joe" Lombardo (born November 8, 1962) is a Japanese-born American law enforcement officer and has been the elected 17th Sheriff of Clark County since January 5, 2015. He is a member of the Republican Party.
On December 4, 2013, Lombardo announced his candidacy for Sheriff of Clark County.
On November 4, 2014, Lombardo won the election by a closer margin of 51% to 49% against former Democratic LVMPD Captain Larry Burns, who was endorsed by former Democratic Clark County Sheriff Jerry Keller and outgoing Democratic Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto. Lombardo was endorsed by former Republican Clark County Assistant Sheriff and 2014 candidate Ted Moody, former Republican Clark County Sheriff Bill Young and outgoing Republican Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie.
On July 18, 2015, Lombardo began the decentralization of a detective unit
On March 30, 2016, Lombardo connected the Las Vegas crime increase to a California law named Proposition 47 reducing prison overcrowding.
On April 19, 2016, Lombardo was criticized by the California Gang Investigators Association executive director and former Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) gang detective Wes McBride for the decentralization of a gang unit.
On April 27, 2016, Lombardo responded directly to the questions about a recent spike of violent crimes in Las Vegas which increased to 50% and the decentralization of a gang unit.
On May 17, 2016, Lombardo disagreed with FBI director James Comey on a recent spike of violent crimes in Las Vegas.
On December 11, 2016, Lombardo and the Las Vegas Sun editorial board called for more gun control legislation.