Florida Governor Replaces Broward Sheriff, Citing 'Incompetence'

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Tony was recommended by Andrew Pollack, father of the late Meadow Pollack, who was killed in the February 14, 2018, Parkland school shooting.

"The massacre might never have happened had Broward had better leadership in the sheriff's department", DeSantis said during a news conference outside the Broward Sheriff's Office headquarters in Fort Lauderdale on Friday.

New Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) blamed Israel's "repeated failures, incompetence and neglect of duty".

DeSantis was traveling for a scheduled 3 p.m. press conference where he is expected to announce the suspension of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, but the delay pushed the event to 4:30 p.m.

DeSantis' predecessor, Rick Scott, famously sold two state planes when he came into office in 2011.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas public safety commission found that officials involved with the response to the shooting, including sheriff's deputies and high school assistant principals, offered accounts that contradicted surveillance video and other evidence.

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According to Florida statute, the governor has the power to suspend the sheriff for actions such as "misfeasance" and "neglect of duty" and may fill the office by appointment for the period of suspension.

In April, the Broward Sheriff's Office Deputies Association gave Israel a vote of no-confidence.

The Republican governor flew to Fort Lauderdale three days after taking office to remove the Democratic sheriff, appointing a former police sergeant to serve as acting sheriff.

During the campaign, DeSantis originally said he would suspend Israel, but then backed off slightly, saying he would hold officeholders accountable.

"True leaders like Governor DeSantis are willing to make the tough decisions that may not always be the most popular choices", Bell said.

Dave Vasquez, the governor's spokesman, said the flight crew had to divert the plane after encountering what he described as an unspecified mechanical issue.

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"I'm not a scientist, but I know what I can do and that's do everything I can to protect the environment", said Scott.

Tony tried to reassure sheriff's office employees, the families and the community as he takes over a troubled agency with 5,000 employees and 3,000 deputies.

Florida's governor on Friday, January 11, suspended the sheriff who oversaw the response to last year's Parkland school shooting over failings in his handling of the massacre.

DeSantis called for the nine appointees on SFWMD to resign because he believes they "failed to understand the toll endured by communities by repeated algae blooms triggered by dirty lake water released into coastal rivers", the Miami Herald reported.

But commissioners also concluded that the department's active shooter training had not been effective.

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