Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel to face no-confidence vote from his own deputies
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, who touted his own "amazing leadership" after the Parkland school shooting, is facing a no-confidence vote from the union representing his deputies.
Jeff Bell, the president of the Broward Sheriff's Office Deputies Association, told CNN on Friday that union members had decided to move forward with the vote, which will begin electronically tonight and will close on April 26.
"There is a complete failure at the sheriff's office and he doesn't recognize it," Bell said.
Calling the vote a "ploy," Israel said the union "is trying to use the Parkland tragedy as a bargaining tactic to extort a pay raise."
I'm surprised the NRA and a vast right wing conspiracy wasn't blamed also.
Aside from the sheriff's comments in the aftermath of Parkland, a letter informing the union membership of the vote contains a multitude of other complaints against Israel. Union audits showed that Israel has returned hundreds of millions of dollars to the county that could have been used money for deputy salary increases, training, health care, crime laboratory upgrades and safety equipment, the letter said.
"The move follows many instances of suspected malfeasance ... and the lack of leadership that has crushed morale throughout the agency," the announcement from the deputies association says.