Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has officially suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. Under Article IV, Section 7 of the Florida state constitution, the governor may suspend any county officer for neglect of duty.
Effective immediately, I am officially suspending Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel for his repeated failures, incompetence and neglect of duty. https://t.co/tkHzxTHhjH
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) January 11, 2019
Earlier in the week, Israel had told staff that he was suspended but the governor’s office denied it, saying “no one from the governor’s team has had any contact with Israel or his attorneys and have not communicated to him that he’ll soon be suspended.”
Following the suspension, Israel released this statement on Facebook and says he plans to “to vigorously fight this unjustified suspension both in court and before the Florida Senate.”
“Today, I am leaving the agency stronger than it was when I started. I am confident in the ability of the men and women of the Broward Sheriff’s Office to keep Broward safe,” he said. “I look forward to returning soon as Sheriff to complete the mission we began in 2013. So now, it is on to court. Thank you, Broward County, for your support – and let’s continue to work together to keep Broward safe.”