Since then, Tony has had a rocky relationship with labor unions. Santiago Vazquez, a Democrat, said he would hire mental health professionals who would evaluate both suspects and law enforcement officers to ensure better policing. “I am going to make sure my officers enforce the law. ©2020 the Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Visit the Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) at To further assist our readers in making educated decisions when voting in November, we have sent a list of questions to each candidate running for the Sheriff of Broward County. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. Six other candidates in the crowded field jostled to break through the pack. Tony fired a deputy who was caught on camera slamming a teenager’s head into the ground during a rough arrest in Tamarac, along with a deputy who punched a man handcuffed to a hospital bed. Willie Jones, a Democrat, said his focus would be on implementing 21st century policing practices in Broward County. Florida Gov. He said he made his own reforms at the agency, bringing body cameras to Broward County and cutting off the school-to-prison pipeline. Broward County Sheriff Democratic candidates Gregory Tony, Scott Israel, Santiago Vazquez, Al Pollock, Andrew Maurice Smalling, Willie Jones. “It is time for us to stop finger-pointing, time for us to stop bickering, time for us to stop dividing our community,” he said. He appointed Tony to fill the job. Gregory Tony as the new sheriff. Main Office . ... We are not there to change the law,” he said. Where … Continue reading "Broward County Sheriff Candidates Q&A 2020" “You have to make sure they are protected, which they have not been recently. Pollock cited that endorsement and said he has the experience to ensure employees are protected from COVID-19. Tony said it’s not the union rank-and-file but their leaders that have created problems. Sheriff Gregory Tony remains Broward’s top cop BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – Gregory Tony, who was appointed Broward County sheriff by Gov. The Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association, which represents about 1,400 deputies, voted no confidence in Israel and Tony and opted to endorse Al Pollock, a retired BSO colonel running as a Democrat. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. The two Democratic front-runners faced off in a candidate forum held by the League of Women Voters of Broward County and the American Civil Liberties Union ahead of the Aug. 18 primary election. candidate forum held by the League of Women Voters of Broward County and the American Civil Liberties Union, Florida Senate voted to remove Israel from office, dogged by omissions he made on law enforcement applications. “He’s lost trust. Broward County Sheriff Democratic candidates Gregory Tony, Scott Israel, Santiago Vazquez, Al Pollock, Andrew Maurice Smalling, Willie Jones. I refuse to allow deputies to beat 15-year-old kids and slam their heads down into the ground.”. Election Day is Aug. 18. He referenced that his replacement is accused of lying on paperwork about his past. A special investigator recommended Israel be reinstated, but the Republican-controlled Florida Senate voted to remove Israel from office. “That’s who I am.”. “As Rick Party, the Hot 105 DJ, said, ‘I am the people’s sheriff,‘” Israel said. Israel said Tony has lost control of the agency. He also called for increasing resources for deputies to further their education by providing tuition reimbursement. He has come to Broward County, and he’s been untruthful, untruthful, untruthful, and he is actually being investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony is up for reelection in November, but he will have to beat two other candidates running. We got so many sick employees at the Broward Sheriff’s Office because of lack of leadership.”. 115 S. Andrews Ave., Room 102 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. Gregory Tony What is your full name and what position are you running for? DeSantis suspended Israel in January 2019, citing failures his agency made related to mass shootings at the Fort Lauderdale airport and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Early voting for the primary elections runs from Aug. 8-16. “You can’t have corruption in BSO and at the same time have the people trust you,” he said. Gregory Tony running for Sheriff of Broward County 2. (John McCall/South Florida Sun Sentinel) Tony signed an affidavit in January that asserts that he has never had a criminal record sealed or expunged and pledged all his answers were “true and correct.” He never revealed to the FDLE, the governor who appointed him, or his prior police job with the Coral Springs Police Department, that he had been cleared of shooting an 18-year-old man dead in the 1990s in Philadelphia, in an act of self defense. Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony By Dan Christensen, The Republican candidate for Broward sheriff and three others filed suit Friday evening contending that incumbent Sheriff Gregory Tony, a Democrat, is apparently a convicted felon and if so is disqualified from holding office under the Florida Constitution. Announced Candidates. Charles Whatley, an independent, said he wouldn’t be beholden to Republicans or Democrats. Three former Democratic candidates for sheriff are breaking party ranks and endorsing Republican Wayne Clark’s bid to become Broward County’s … Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, How to get wintry vibes indoors this year, Election results 2020 live updates: Biden transition picks up speed. Ron DeSantis suspended Israel and appointed former Coral Springs Police Sgt. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating those accusations. Israel painted himself as the “people’s sheriff” who was unjustly robbed of his position by Republican Gov. “Each employee voted because they believe in me and they said that I am the right person to bring that leadership to the agency.