Broward Sheriff Candidate Scott Israel: "I Have a Pristine Record"

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The Broward County Sheriff's Office (BSO) is one of the largest sheriff's departments in the country. It provides law enforcement, firefighting, and emergency medical services to areas across the county as well as other services like corrections and parole supervision. Sheriff Al Lamberti is facing two declared contenders in the November election. Here, we interview the first of the candidates, Scott Israel.

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Stefan Kamph
We met Israel at the Barnes and Noble in Coral Springs, at his suggestion.
The Pulp: What's the biggest problem you see in the BSO today?


Scott Israel:
Lack of leadership. People are only led by people they want to be led by. They don't want to be led by our sheriff. I hear terms [from contacts at BSO] like "rudderless ship."

Are you talking about dissension in the ranks?

Not just in the ranks. It's countywide. I think different industries are aware of it. People are reading about it.

This seems like a good time for us to mention the anonymous book that was recently published, which alleged serious corruption at BSO, credited Scott Rothstein for Lamberti's appointment, and alleged that "the fifth floor was on lockdown" at BSO headquarters. For all we know, you wrote it...

I didn't write the book. I did read a book one time that says "We reap what we sow." If [any of the allegations] is fact, then I hope the public will be made aware of it. If it's affecting the [sheriff's] ability to lead the community, it should be made public.

What about your own ability to lead?

It's exemplary. I have a pristine record, and I certainly understand the meaning of the word pristine. I was voted Democrat of the Year, and the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association voted me Chief of the Year [of North Bay Village]. I worked on programs to keep kids out of jail, instead of putting them in jail when they commit crimes.

Speaking of that "Democrat of the Year" thing. New Times put you on its Dirty Dozen list in 2008, and one of the main reasons we cited was your pragmatic switch from lifelong Republican to Democrat just in time to challenge Lamberti, a Republican, that November. What gives?

Here's the story. I grew up in a Democratic household in New York City and learned the ideals of Dr. King: to ask what you are doing for others, and that we should be our brother's keeper. But when I registered to vote for the first time in Long Island, I registered as a Republican, and I never bothered to change it.

You worked as a police officer in Fort Lauderdale, a medium-sized city, then became chief in the tiny town of North Bay Village. Did this adequately prepare you for taking on the huge, sprawling BSO?

I spent 25 years with the Fort Lauderdale Police, which is one of the largest police forces in the area, and rose to the positions of community policing commander, SWAT commander, and operational support commander. As far as North Bay Village: Leadership is not about size. It's about making sure your team is behind you and about what you do with the resources you have and getting things done through others. Al Lamberti is from one of the largest departments [he spent 30 years in the ranks at BSO], but his leadership has been abysmal.

As a SWAT commander, I directed people to take the life of a subject. I made some life-taking decisions, and it wasn't easy.

Let's talk about public accountability. We in the media get frustrated when a deputy-involved-shooting investigation stalls with little information released, for example.

I believe the BSO is owned by the people, and it's got to be like Denny's: open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That said, in many aspects of a shooting investigation, the officers are protected by a bill of rights. But whatever can be given to the public will be distributed to the public. If the officers did everything right, I will go before the cameras and say so. If they made mistakes, I'll say that too.
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Get Medical Records

Dismantle this empire sometimes referred to as BSO. Even larger seriously isn't superior. Almost any customer with the company includes some sort of cravings for food intended for electric power. Uncover everyone another person who's going to be prepared break through in place of which behemoth bureau in addition to he/she obtains the election.

Chuckie
Chuckie

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go back to school  

Loki Luck III
Loki Luck III

I do recall Mr. Israel being a member of Homeland Security during his 2008 campaign.  Does it conflict with the 10th Amendment of the US Constitution?  In good faith, the Sheriff's most powerful elected servant within our Local Government.  Please verify Federalist Papers #46 authored by James Madison, and it's self explanatory.

MDCP
MDCP

This is typcial Scott Israel making statements and using words he doesn't know the meaning of to try and impress people, which he does not.    Someone should tell him the word "pristine" has absolutely nothing to do with his horrible reputation or record.  It means original or earliest...  Do we have another Dan Quayle on our hands that couldn't spell the word potato....  These Republicans never quit...  Sheriff!!!! Not a chance..    

Hocbam
Hocbam

" I have a pristine record." Means ...Pure and  uncorrupted!!!

Chuckie
Chuckie

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FQS9000
FQS9000

Sounds like a typical politician trashing his rival.  BFD.  Change 'em all out at the end of every term.

Teetz
Teetz

I have met him many times too.  The guy is shady and a compulsive liar.  He has no record.  He should be made to prove everything that comes out of his mouth.  Democrat of the Year??  Where and When???  Chief of the Year what a joke.  He put himself in for the award.  I worked in Miami-Dade County when he was there and nobody liked him.  Scammer to the fullest entext.....  Caring?? Cares only about himself.  Definitely not Sheriff material and definietly not qualified.  He has been out of police work for years.  

Grimmjohnny9
Grimmjohnny9

He got chief of the year from the PBA, then helped the FOP take over and agency NBVPD. That in and of itself shows what a two faced pile of garbage he is.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Dismantle the empire aka BSO.  Bigger is not better. Any candidate for the office possesses a hunger for power. Find me someone who is willing to bust up that behemoth agency and he/she gets my vote.

Obermann
Obermann

Maybe we should ask Scott Rothstein if Al Lamberti should continue to be our sheriff.  Seems he is telling the truth these days. The bottom line is everyone from Chief Judge Vic Tobin to the BOVA waitstaff knew that Rothstein was up to no good, so how can we support anyone who was part of SR's circle  to represent our county, let alone law enforcement?   And a even bigger thing is that Lamberti refuses to address the mess he has with his command staff. That's amazing, really.  When Rothstein goes on record to talk about bribes to law enforcement,  no doubt Dave Benjamin is going to be front and center.  And we've all seen Tom Wheeler on the private jet with SR, in the midst of the ponzi scheme.   There's just no excuse for the citizens of Broward County to be supporting  salaries  and benefits to  Benjamin, Wheeler, Santucci, etc. If Lamberti just ignores these issues there is only one thing citizens can do...that's vote him out. The Roger's incident needs to be investigated - why hasn't Lamberti demanded that be done?  These are issues that I don't think will just go away with time.  They were so egregious.

Granteed has been in the news in not such a good light recently (at the Cheetah strip club, allegations that sexual harassment charges costing taxpayers (again) a big payoff). Please ask Granteed about those issues in your interview. 

And why won't our sheriff come forward and talk?  He has a responbility here, I think.  It just stinks.  And the  last person who should be speaking for our sheriff or  anyone is Sousa.  He's an old friend of Ryan LeVin's, isn't he? 

Guest
Guest

I've met Scott Israel many times.  He strikes me as bright, capable, caring and an all around decent guy.  He'll make a great Sheriff.  

Solgreenberg
Solgreenberg

I think you need to get Lamberti on an interview and ask him why the taxpayers are still paying Benjamin and Wheeler's paychecks?  These guys have been proven, by association if nothing else, to have been on the take with Rothstein (trips, gifts, etc). Why are they still on the payroll?   What about Art Santucci and his illegal antics?  Major Larry Rogers and his son's cover-up?  Can the BSO just continue to ignore the fact that people want answers and accountability on these crimes.    I did read the book and the new one about a look at Broward County't most corrupt couple and I think the citizens of Broward County have to put these people who have misused their power on the street.  We need leaders and there is no better to do a clean sweep. 

Stefan Kamph
Stefan Kamph

 We've reached out to Lamberti's campaign for an interview, but so far have only spoken to Louis Granteed (coming Wednesday morning) and Israel. This kicks off continuing coverage we'll have of the issues in the sheriff's race.

Curiousss
Curiousss

There are a number of capable people who would fill the position adequately. I don't believe Israel is one of them. They need a major change over there and would benefit by bringing in an outsider with a trusted team of executive managers. Someone with a proven record of management experience with a very large law enforcement organization.

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