Sheriff Scott Israel received a largely symbolic vote of confidence from the Broward County Sheriff's Office in Broward County, Florida, and the union vowed to ask Governor Rick Scott to remove him from office. his position, according to President Jeff Campana. The vote was 534-94. Bell said it was the first vote of distrust by his union against a sheriff.
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Gob. Rick Scott could be the next leader of Florida in the dispute between Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and his deputies.
"We ask you to intervene and remove the sheriff," said union president Jeff Bell, who plans to tell the governor after the vote.
The announcement to keep Friday is He cast a vote of no confidence and the vote closes on Thursday at 2 p.m. m. The union cited "many instances of embezzlement, misconduct … and lack of leadership" as reasons to hold the vote.
But the union said it was the sheriff's handling of the Parkland school shooting that led the bases to the limit, even when the sheriff promoted his "amazing leadership" in the "State of the Union" of CNN with Jake Tapper.
Israel said on Friday that the vote of no confidence was "unfortunate and atrocious" and called it a "stratagem" to advance wage negotiations.
According to the Florida statue, Scott has the power to suspend the sheriff for things like "embezzlement, misconduct, dereliction of duty" and "can fill the office by appointment for the period of suspension." The royal power to remove the sheriff from the office is in the hands of the state Senate.
CNN emails and calls for comments to the Office of the President of the Florida Senate were not returned. But according to the agency's website, it is your "responsibility to make final dispositions" about whether a suspended official should be reinstated or removed from the office.
The governor has not commented on what he will do after the vote of no confidence is recorded.
The governor did not suspend the sheriff at that time, but it did launch a state investigation, which is being conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Scott exercised his power to suspend a sheriff in 2016, after Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair was charged with two counts of perjury. In that case, Scott appointed an interim sheriff.
Since the vote of no confidence against Israel began last week, two other unions, the Public Employees Federation and Lodge # 53 of the Fraternal Order of Police, have written letters of support for the sheriff.
"As your largest union, we support you and trust in the way you are managing this large and complex agency," said the letter from the union of public employees.
That union says it represents 2,500 employees of the Broward Sheriff's Office.
While the vote of no confidence against Israel is symbolic, Bell said it represents the collective voice of the deputies at the base, and that he plans to use that voice to pressure the governor to act.
If the governor does not act, "That means the governor agrees that the sheriff is an incredible leader," Bell said.
Kevin Conlon of CNN contributed to this report.