Fate of sheriff from Parkland shooting lands in Florida governor's lap

by Garry Watts April 27, 2018, 5:13
Fate of sheriff from Parkland shooting lands in Florida governor's lap

The Broward Sheriff's Office Deputies Association announced the results of a no-confidence vote in Broward Sheriff Scott Israel Thursday afternoon, with 534 out of 628 members who voted expressing no confidence in the sheriff.

He added, "In fact, the union boss who asked for this vote of no-confidence wrote me a lovely letter a year and a half ago, actually endorsing me for sheriff, talking about my leadership and morals". "We ask you to start changing your policies that are absolutely failing, we ask you to change your leadership to something that somewhat resembling awesome", presumably taking a swipe at Israel's past comments to the media that he had exhibited "amazing leadership" as sheriff.

"Sheriff, we longer have confidence in your leadership and it's time for a change in Broward County", Jeff Bell, the president of Broward Sheriff's Office Deputies Association, said at a news conference releasing the results of the vote.

"Gov. Scott is absolutely disgusted the BSO deputy did not rush into the school to save these victims", Tupps said in Thursday's statement.

He has said he will present the vote tabulation showing mass displeasure among deputies to the Governor, who is perfectly entitled to suspend Israel and appoint a replacement if he so chooses.

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While the vote is largely symbolic, it could have real consequences - Florida Governor Rick Scott has the power to remove the sheriff from his office, and he could take this vote into consideration when making that decision. The actual power to remove the sheriff from office is in the hands of the state Senate.

Bell added that he wants to present the union's claim to Gov. Rick Scott (R.) to ask him to "please make change and replace the sheriff with somebody who is capable of unbelievable leadership".

"I am accountable to the citizens of Broward County", he said.

"As your largest union, we support you and have confidence in how you are running this large complex agency", said the letter from the public employees' union, which claims to represent 2,500 Broward Sheriff's Office employees. What's changed since then? "One thing, I denied them a 6.5 percent raise", explained Israel. "This has never been about a contract, this has been about his longstanding bad policies, his failure of leadership", said Bell.

Leaders of the deputy union said they held the vote because of Israel's behavior in the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. The lawmakers also cited the failure of Scott and his deputies to enter the school building to stop the shooter, and their failure to act on warning signs about the shooter for years. Bell relays that many deputies were upset with Israel for publicly referring to Peterson's actions as "cowardly", something his deputies are now hearing the public hurl at them. Those who purportedly voted in this straw ballot reflect only a small number of the 5,400 BSO employees. "The unions representing a vast majority of our employees solidly support the leadership of this agency".

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