DeSantis expected to name Broward’s first African-American sheriff, replacing Israel
Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday is expected to name former Coral Springs Police Sgt. Gregory Tony to Broward County’s top law enforcement job, according to three people familiar with his decision.
Tony, who would be the county’s first African-American sheriff, was recommended by a father whose daughter was killed in the Parkland school shooting last February. The announcement is expected at 3 p.m. Friday.
Tony runs a security firm that specializes in active-shooter training, which appeared to be lacking in Broward when multiple deputies failed to immediately engage Nikolas Cruz on Feb. 14, before he killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Andrew Pollack, father of murder victim Meadow Pollack, told POLITICO Florida that Tony is a good friend and a police officer who had retired as the “most-decorated sergeant” in Coral Springs, which borders Parkland.https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2019/01/10/desantis-expected-to-name-browards-first-african-american-sheriff-replacing-israel-784921
Who is new Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony?
Former FSU football player, police sergeant appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Gregory Tony was appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to serve as Broward County sheriff after Scott Israel was suspended Friday.
Tony, 40, of Boca Raton, spent almost a dozen years with the Coral Springs Police Department, rising to the rank of sergeant before resigning in 2016
The registered Democrat serves as president of Blue Spear Solutions, which specializes in active-shooter training, according to its website. His wife, Holly, a registered nurse for Broward Health North, serves as vice president.
Prior to working for the Coral Springs Police Department, Tony was employed by the Florida Department of Corrections and Florida Highway Patrol.
A native of Philadelphia, Tony came to the Sunshine State to attend Florida State University, where he played football under legendary head coach Bobby Bowden. He played in five games for the Seminoles during the 2000-01 seasons.
Tony received his undergraduate degree in criminology from FSU and earned a master's degree in criminal justice from Nova Southeastern University.
He becomes the first black sheriff in Broward County history. https://www.local10.com/news/florida/broward/who-is-new-broward-county-sheriff-gregory-tony-