Deputies vote "NO CONFIDENCE" in Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony

Deputies have voted no confidence in Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony, their union announced Monday afternoon. The vote punctuates a tense couple weeks between deputies and Tony stemming from the availability of personal protective equipment in the department. The union announced that of 786 ballots cast, 693 voted no confidence in Tony (88%). The symbolic measure doesn’t officially change Tony’s status, but the union says it plans to sit down with its board members to discuss the next course of action. Last Tuesday, the Broward branch of the International Union of Police Associations opened the ballot for a no-confidence vote on Tony, writing in a letter to members: “While the Sheriff has chosen to muzzle and threaten us, rather than work with us, the Union cannot sit back and watch the safety of the membership be jeopardized for what appears to us to be political reasons.” Voting ended at 2 p.m. Monday. In the letter, the union cites several reasons for calling the vote, saying they weren’t provided sufficient protective equipment during the coronavirus pandemic, alleging that Tony has fired deputies without due process, and claiming he lied about his career and exaggerated his law-enforcement experience. Tony has denied those claims and provided documentation he says proves they are false. The sheriff has also classified the internal criticism of him as politics and said, “That’s what destroyed this agency.” Tony was appointed to his position in January 2019 after Gov. Ron DeSantis removed BSO Sheriff Scott Israel over his handling of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas massacre. Israel had received a no-confidence vote from the deputies union in April 2018, two months after the Parkland mass shooting. The union said 158 more deputies voted in this ballot than did two years ago during Israel’s no-confidence vote. As of last week, there were 72 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the Broward Sheriff’s Office while dozens of other staff members are being monitored. A source tells Local 10 News that those confirmed cases include at least 35 members of BSO’s communications staff, 10 law enforcement staff, 20 department of detention staff and six firefighters.

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