Republican Gov. DeSantis to Replace Scott Israel with Broward's First Black Sheriff

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Israel, 62, a two-term Democratic sheriff of Broward County, was suspended by Gov. Ron DeSantis three days after the new Republican governor was sworn into office.

Israel, a Democrat, has served as the elected sheriff of the agency with 5,800 employees since 2013.

To be expected, Israel was not happy.

Tony called his appointment an "enormous honor and privilege" and vowed to "fix the problems that exist".

Moments later, family members of those who died at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took center stage.

Scott Israel is out as Broward County sheriff.

"The people of Broward County deserve accountable, competent leaders who can safeguard our communities", said Governor Ron DeSantis. "We're going to work to do that and I think this office will be able to coordinate a thoughtful response".

In a report released last week, a state-appointed commission identified multiple failings in Israel's agency's response to the shooting.

The same report found that Deputy Scot Peterson was "derelict" in his duty. Other deputies hid behind cars.

According to the Miami New Times, Tony has extensive training in active shooter response.

Max Schachter, whose son, Alex, was among the slain students and who has served on the commission, praised DeSantis.

"I look forward to returning soon as the sheriff of Broward County".

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Even some Democratic lawmakers like Senator Gary Farmer say the new Governor is taking the state's environmental policies in the right direction.

The community will be "much safer now that Sheriff Israel is out of office", Pollack said.

Alaina Petty was killed in the MSD shooting.

Reacting to Israel's dismissal, Loesch said on Fox News the decision was widely bipartisan.

Israel for years has called for tougher gun laws in Florida, a stance that created critics long before the school shooting.

But, he concluded, "For now, it's on to court".

DeSantis then referred to the part of the executive order that establishes a resiliency office to address climate impacts.

The Sun-Sentinel explained the Florida Constitution gives the governor the authority to suspend public officials for "neglect of duty" and other causes. "And after that failure, there was just a refusal to take accountability and responsibility".

Nikolas Cruz has confessed to carrying out the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, his former school, according to court documents.

"I don't regret anything to do with that vote because based on everything I understand about the law, understanding the realities, if we didn't renew the amount of money, we could have lost that was allocated", said Tucker. Gregory Tony, 40, worked for Coral Springs police for 12 years before leaving in 2016 to start a company specializing in active-shooter training.

"I can only provide the immediate comfort of saying this: I am not here for any type of political, grandiose or agenda", Tony said.

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