Sheriff Candidate Louis Granteed: A Veteran Hollywood Cop's First Campaign

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We're interviewing candidates in the race for Broward County Sheriff. So far, that means Scott Israel, this guy, and incumbent Sheriff Al Lamberti (who has not accepted an interview request).

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Stefan Kamph
He suggested a meeting at Lester's Diner on State Road 84. We approve.
​The Pulp orders coffee, black. 

Granteed orders unsweetened iced tea.

So, what's the biggest problem with the BSO today?

Let's talk about what I bring that is different. I have 30 years of public safety service here in Broward County [all of them with the Hollywood Police Department] and a record and history of strong leadership.

That's almost exactly what Scott Israel told us about himself. What sets you apart, specifically?

Thirty years of leadership in a major metropolitan police organization, experience in administration, operations, budgetary issues, union relations, government, and community involvement.

But Al Lamberti was with the BSO for 30 years before becoming sheriff. So what needs to change?

Being the Broward sheriff is a very critical position in Broward County. You're responsible for over 700 million taxpayer dollars and over 6,000 employees. We need a strong leader [Prediction: You're going to hear "leadership" talked about a lot in this race] with a strong voice. Someone to lead the agency into a brighter future. In addition, the community has to have faith in the sheriff to ensure that the taxpayer dollars are being managed on a daily basis in a highly responsible and ethical way.

The BSO, as you mentioned, is a sprawling, bureaucratic office. Do you see the sheriff as more of a law enforcement position, in line with your experience, or more about management?

The sheriff has a contractual obligation to several cities in Broward County and also has a public safety responsibility to work in partnership with chiefs of police. Starting as a community service officer at 18, becoming a police officer at 19, and working up through the ranks has given me a wide range of experience I can put into effect as the sheriff. I have personal drive and a solid understanding of responsibilities in the agency.

How about union relations? You've seen some disagreements involving the Hollywood force.

As a police administrator, I always want to have excellent working relations with the bargaining units. I believe in collective bargaining, and I believe in honoring it. If you tell them you're going to do it, then honor it.

There's talk of unhappiness within the BSO these days. You're a connected guy. What are you hearing?

One of the issues is: I'm not there, and neither are you. But I do hear from conversations I have around Broward County that it's time for a change [again, almost exactly what Israel said].

How about that anonymous book alleging corruption in the BSO? Are you behind it?

I've read it. I have not been personally involved.

Will you touch on those issues in your campaign?

I'm going to be running on my record. I'm not looking to tear down the BSO. As an incoming sheriff, there's a lot of issues there that create concern and obviously have to be looked into. Anytime there's an allegation of corruption, it creates an immediate concern for the head of a police organization.

Obviously somebody spent a significant amount of time putting the book together, even though it's officially anonymous. In law enforcement, when somebody does something good, we all look good. But if they do something bad, we look bad. Once something comes to light, the important part becomes how you handle and deal with it.

A risky but possibly necessary area seems to be fundraising by hobnobbing with wealthy and powerful folks. Is gladhanding just a part of becoming sheriff?

Right now, I'm the number-one fundraiser in the primary election. I've raised $120,000. I have the most grassroots contributions of anybody in the race. I've raised four times the money [of Israel] in half the time. Over 325 of my donors gave $100 or less. 

Who are those people, by and large?

There's a wide range. I've been in Broward County for 35 years.

You've been described as garnering support from important "Democratic condos." Is that an important base for you?

In order to win the Democratic primary, you need Democratic voters. I have many Democratic friends, many Republican friends, many independent friends. Even though it is a partisan race, the sheriff serves everybody.

Should it be a partisan race?

No.

Everyone seems to agree on that, actually. Lamberti has said publicly that it should be a nonpartisan office, though he won with heavy Republican support. So why doesn't anyone move to change it?

[At this point, Granteed asks to go off the record and proceeds to engage us in a frank, savvy, good-humored discussion. Unfortunately, he won't let us print any of it. When we go back on the record, his answers are once again very measured.]

What's been tough for you as a first-time candidate?



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15 comments
Lenny
Lenny

Isn't there a weight limit for police officers anymore?

KeepinThemHonest
KeepinThemHonest

Can someone provide New Times with definitive proof that Granteed was charged with sexual harassment and that Granteed was seen at the Cheetah strip club a few weeks ago?  If so, Stefan, please post an article with the evidence. 

MDCP
MDCP

Let's guess???  All of these posts are by Scott Israel and his flunkees and people desperate because the suppoprt and money is with Granteed.  All you people ever do is try to trash people.  Granteed is by far a much more professional law enforcement professional than Scott Israel could ever be.  The "proof"  is that Israel has a big mouth and doesn't know how to handle himself or speak on his own poor record, so keep trying to deflect.    You people are just angry that you can't bate him into your little game.  Granteed is showing he has what it takes to rise above all of your negative attacks and stay focused on what important "the men and women of the BSO and the Community."  For a newcomer in politics he gets an A+ and after reading all of these posts, it just shows who will make a better Sheriff.  It is not Scott  Israel.   Just because a person doesn't attack someone doesn't mean anything.  Granteed said if you could read teh article again "he is not into mud slinging."  Thank God someone running for office can rise above all the negative stuff.  Scott Israel and his friends all thrive on negative campaigning and trying to knock people down.  Who wants a negative leader that is always attacking people and knocking people down. Plus, I have read the false allegations made against him by Israel people.  All you guys do is write the same old crap over and over again.  The court records DO NOT show Granteed being apart of any settlement.  Quite the contrary.  Granteed was paid not to sue the women for making a fqalse allegations.  Get it right for a change you bunch of ignorant jack asses.  And those would be Scott, Russ, Ron and Jeff....  Isn't it amazing how the same one or two people make all the posts within minutes of each other.... The dirty dozen strikes again.. Granteed all the way in 2012!!!  SHERIFF GRANTEED, why would a person raise the most money, put forth the most effort and gain the most support, unless he was going to be the SHERIFF.  Another failed Israel attempt to try and deflect from his inability to stand on his own very tarnished record.                       

Donut Whole
Donut Whole

Is he cutting of his oxygen flow with that clip-on tie?  Seems a bit snug...

This message paid for by Crispee Cream for Granteed 2012.

Jeff
Jeff

Louie is great and likes to share...just ask Jimmy. Jones will be the legal advisor AND range master. He can shoot out a street light from 50 yards away AND be Signal 2 when he doesit.

Granteed is for Lamberti 2012
Granteed is for Lamberti 2012

This article is solid evidence that Granteed is in bed with Lamberti in order to defeat Israel. There is no doubt now as Granteed will not say one cross word about Lamberti even the obvious. Congrats to Undersheriff Granteed!  For those of you who don't believe me look at the very first question. He avoided any negative comment about Lamberti.

Jacob
Jacob

I posed this challenge yesterday to Broward Politics, blog but they won't take it up cause they are lazy over there.

Please provide a list of all the reported scandals, corruption, allegations, and cronyism that has taken place at the Broward Sheriff's Office during the Laberti's term in office.I think it is important for the public to understand the breadth of the mismanagement and corruption that has taken place under his tenure.Any other public official would be burned at the stake.

Marty G
Marty G

My take is that Granteed was putting his best foot forward, but most people know the Hollywood Police Department doesn't have the cleanest reputation.  A regular blogger named unnowho has a story about his friend Tom Sykes who was killed and the Hollywood Police Department was involved in a cover-up.  You should track him down and print his story. Back to the interviews - where is Sheriff Al Lamberti??  If he won't sit for an interview then you should go find him, maybe at one of his coffee meetings.  You have to ask why Lamberti is not sitting for an interview - I'd say he's afraid to.  And that says loads. 

Guest
Guest

The City of Hollywood SETTLED that lawsuit for more than $200,000. After that there was ANOTHER sexual harassment lawsuit that the City also SETTLED.  Granteed was individually named as a defendant in both cases.  This answer is completely false.  

MDCP
MDCP

I like the Hollywood Chief's answers.  He obviously has a wide range of knoweledge and expierience based upon his answers.  There were some questions asked from many years back, but he did answer them with no problem and honestly.  Top law enforcers are faced with baseless allegations all the time, it's part of the job.  I work in Miami-Dade , but live in Broward County and attend many meetings relating to politics.  Granteed from Hollywood is very well liked and supported. He is a very intelligent and sharp candidate.  My friends at the BSO and in the community believe he will win the election.  He has everything it takes to win and be a great Sheriff.              

Granteed for Lamberti 2012
Granteed for Lamberti 2012

 Fact: Hollywood paid out 200,000 to settle sexual harassment against Companion and Granteed. Myth: There are no papers anywhere that Granteed was paid not to sue the plaintiffs in the harassment suit. Lou, you go by many monikers on several websites but your content is the same. Scott Israel will defeat you, pure and simple. Ask yourself this Lou, can you answer the questions with a straight answer? You simply avoid the tough questions because you have no answer or experience to do so. Scott Israel on the other hand will debate you or Lamberti anytime, any place.

Duh
Duh

There is ZERO correlation to your argument.Perhaps he is smart enough not to bash the ORGANIZATION for which he seeks office, but here is plenty of dirt on Lamberti.Scott your social media skills are inept and translucent.

Chee-Tah!
Chee-Tah!

 Hey Lou, I hear if you become sheriff the guys will be able to go to the strip club for their meal break. If that's true you have my vote buddy. :-)

Obermann
Obermann

Is the paperwork on these cases public record?  If so, New Times should print it.  What we don't want is another sheriff who isn't candid with the people.    I don't think it's necessary to drag every detail out of someone's past, and most people can reconcile issues that have been corrected, no one's perfect.  What we can't tolerate are lies.

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