Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony Should Resign and Withdraw his Candidacy for Sheriff
The un-elected Broward County Interim Sheriff Gregory Tony was placed in office without being part of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and his disastrous handling of the current crisis has revealed his lack of qualifications.
Tony Gregory’s failures have come under the hotlight since the death of 39-year-old Broward Sheriff’s deputy Shannon Bennett who died because she lacked the basic safety equipment needed on the field to do her job.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association President Jeff Bell stated “the Union has sent unanswered memos to the Sheriff’s Office on March 16th and March 23rd expressing our concerns over the lack of PPE equipment. One memo offered the donation of 1,400 N95 masks to the Sheriff himself but he has failed to answer.”
This is not the first time that Interim Sheriff Gregory Tony has committed an unconscionable failure. He already failed time and time again to protect those for whom he has a basic duty of care. Now, by all measures, Tony has hit a new low. Broward deserves better than this as we navigate a time of unprecedented crisis.
As a result of Union leader Jeff Bell doing his job and pointing out that Tony's lack of action led to the death a Broward County deputy, Tony first held a press conference threatening Union leader Jeff Bell and then suspended him all for just doing his job.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association has stated that we “will continue to be vocal against our Sheriff who seems to think posting Instagram videos of himself working out is more important than protecting his employees. The Union is concerned for the safety of the membership and other employees under the leadership, or lack of leadership, of Greg Tony” who is “unqualified” for the job of sheriff.
It’s time for the unelected Interim Sheriff Gregory Tony to resign, suspend his political campaign and allow the people of Broward to elect a Sheriff with a record of excellence.
Because it is imperative that current Sheriff Gregory Tony be ousted from office, voters need to look for the right candidate to cast their vote for.
It is equally important to understand that former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is not a good alternative as Scott Israel was removed from office because of neglect of duty and incompetence for his failed handling of two mass shootings of national significance, the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 17 students and faculty members dead, and the mass shooting at Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale International Airport that resulted in five deaths.
Happily, there is a bright alternative to these equally unattractive options in the up-and-rising candidate Santiago Vazquez who has an impeccable track record and whose dramatic new C.A.R.T. Training programs promise to revolutionize the broken police training system by involving both citizens and psychological health experts into police affairs to begin healing our fractured communities.