Take the Poll: Who Will Be Our Next Broward County Sheriff

Scott Israel or Al Lamberti: Take the Poll Below

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office may not cover Coral Springs, but residents still pay a portion of their county taxes to BSO. If you fly, take a cruise, or have to visit the Broward County Courthouse, then you will encounter BSO and their many officers.

The head of BSO is Sheriff Al Lamberti who currently oversees a $650 million budget and 5,800 employees.  They currently cover the following areas:  Central Broward, Cooper City, Court Services, Dania Beach, Deerfield Beach, Ft Lauderdale-Hollywood Int’l Airport, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Lauderdale Lakes, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Parkland, Pembroke Park, West Park, Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Southwest Ranches, Tamarac, Weston and unincorporated West Broward.

In 2007, Lamberti was appointed Sheriff by then Governor Charlie Crist after Sheriff Ken Jenne was indicted on federal corruption charges. In 2008 became the first ever Republican who was elected countywide in Broward County.

This year he faces Scott Israel, the same opponent as he did in 2008. Although Israel runs as a Democrat, county election records show he was a registered Republican until 2007.

Voters decide on November 6 whether to keep Sheriff Al Lamberti or elect Scott Israel. Take the poll below to see who you will vote for.

Scott Israel

Age: 56

Party: Democrat

Education: Bachelor’s degree in political science, 1977, from Cortland State University, Cortland, N.Y. and graduate of the FBI National Academy professional program.

Career: Israel retired as police chief of North Bay Village in 2008 and spent 25 years in Fort Lauderdale Police Department. Up until 2011, he co-owned private investigation firm with a former Hollywood Assistant Police Chief and a Hollywood Police Chief.

Endorsements: Broward County Commissioners Barbara Sharief, Sue Gunzburger, Pembroke Pines Commissioner Angelo Castillo

For the past 30 years, Israel has continually advanced into positions of increased responsibility as a law enforcement leader. He spent the first 25 years of his career with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, a Florida State Accredited and CALEA recognized agency, comprised of over 800 employees.

Israel retired with the rank of Captain/S.W.A.T. Commander, after being selected to become Chief of Police for the City of North Bay Village.

During his tenure with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, Israel was assigned to the Police Department’s Community Policing Division, Operations Bureau, and Special Investigations Division. As a member of those Divisions, he constantly demonstrated a unique ability to develop and maintain cooperative working relations with groups and individuals.

As the Chief of Police of North Bay Village, he continued to foster strategic partnerships with the community, thereby enhancing the safety and well-being of our citizens. Israel was the recipient of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association 2005 “Police Chief of the Year.”

Israel’s substantial law-enforcement background includes significant senior command level experience as well as that of Police Chief in a South Florida community that enjoys an integrated mix of cultures, ages, races, and ethnic backgrounds. He is a skilled leader and an accomplished manager of resources.

Israel’s talent for inspiring teamwork among public safety personnel, citizen groups and community leaders, has allowed him to succeed in all areas of community policing including crime prevention, crime control, education and enforcement. He has a proven record as a fair and respected law enforcement leader and he is an ardent supporter of front-line personnel. In addition to possessing a B.A. Degree, Israel is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (212 Session).

It is for these reasons that Scott Israel is seeking the office of Broward County Sheriff.

Israel is convinced that by working together as a community, we can make the Broward Sheriff’s Office not only the best run law enforcement organization in the country but also the kind of world class law enforcement organization which it should be.

Israel is the 2008 recipient of the “Brian Piccolo Coach of the Year” for his lifetime achievement in youth sports. “Coach Scott” has been the head coach of the Coral Springs Charger’s Tackle football team for the past 6 years. He has also coached football at Stoneman Douglas High School for the past 8 years. He currently coaches at North Broward Preparatory School.

Israel has been married to Susan Galla Israel for 19 years and they are the parents of triplets, Brett, Blake and Blair.

http://www.scottisraelforsheriff2012.com Twitter @ScottIsrael2012

Al Lamberti

Age: 58

Party: Republican

Education: Attended Florida State University, 1972-1974 and holds an Associate Degree in law enforcement from Palm Beach Community College, 1975, Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Florida Atlantic University, 1981.

Career: Broward County Sheriff, 2007-present; joined BSO in 1977 and rose to the ranks of Major before being appointed as Sheriff.

Political career: Appointed sheriff in 2007, elected 2008.

Endorsements: International Association of Firefighters, Broward Police Benevolent Association, Fraternal Order of Police

Lamberti made headlines over the summer by becoming the first county wide Broward candidate that has gotten on the ballot by petition. The Supervisor of Elections certified the 10,418 petitions necessary for him to be placed on the November ballot by the voters.

“The actual amount of petitions signed were over 16,000”, stated Lamberti, “I am humbled by the support given to me during my first term in office,”

By getting petitions, Lamberti saved his campaign over $10,000 in filing fees.

Lamberti was born in New York, but has been a resident of Broward County for 35 years. Sheriff Lamberti attended Florida State University for two years (1972-1974). He holds an Associate in Science Degree in Law Enforcement from Palm Beach Community College, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University. Outside of law enforcement you can find Sheriff Lamberti on the baseball field as he was the youth baseball coach for 15 years. Following coaching, he became President of the Margate Youth Baseball League.

Sheriff Lamberti is a 33-year veteran of the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Beginning his career within the Department of Detention in 1977, he worked his way through the ranks, eventually serving as Captain in the Organized Crime Division, Chief in Deerfield Beach, Interim Police Chief for the City of Hollywood, Director of the Training and Organizational Development Division, Major where has assumed command of the South Patrol Region which includes Port Everglades and Fort Lauderdale/ Hollywood International Airport post- September 11th.

In 2009, Sheriff Lamberti was named Chairman of the Region 7 Gang Reduction Task Force by the Attorney General. He also serves on the Board of Directors to the prestigious National Sheriff’s Association.

Before joining the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Lamberti served in the United States Coast Guard at various duty stations, primarily in Miami, Florida. He was assigned as a Special Agent in the Office of Intelligence and Law Enforcement, United States Coast Guard Reserve. Additionally, Sheriff Lamberti is a graduate of the 167th Session of the F.B.I. National Academy and served as President of the Florida Chapter of the F.B.I. National Academy Associates in 2004.

Sheriff Lamberti strongly believes in giving back to the community he serves. Thus, expanding community partnerships and initiatives between the Broward Sheriff’s Office and organizations such as the United Way Commission on Substance Abuse, Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County, 100 Black Men of Fort Lauderdale, Broward CHAI Center, A Child is Missing, Broward Partnership for the Homeless, First Call for Help of Broward (211), American Cancer Society, Hispanic Unity, Pace Center for Girls, Women In Distress, YMCA of Broward County, and the Urban League of Broward County.

Lamberti is happily married to Holly for nearly 20 years where he has one son, Nicholas, and two stepchildren, Jamie and David.

http://www.allamberti.org  Twitter  @4AlLamberti

About Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs, Parkland and the rest of South Florida.


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  • Arthur Conan Doyle

    Purchase / Download this Kindle Book and then make your decision. I’ll go with Scott Israel while I dance a jig watching Lamberti go into retirement or to jail!


  • I find it discouraging to be unable to read the newspaper where it seems like every day the sheriff has done something else bad and no one seems to care. Today’s New Times points out that the guy he is walking with in his tv commercial was just arrested. That come’s on the heels of his campaign advisor being arrested last month and discovering he had an 11 year prison rap. Background checks aside, how can you work so closely with someone and not know they spent 11 years in prison for a felony? It seems like everybody in Broward knows it’s time for Al to go except him.

  • Lamberti has way more money than Israel and that might normally mean that Lamberti would be a shoe-in what with being an incumbant and all . . . EXCEPT Lamberti can’t seem to stay out of trouble. He can run as many negative ads against Israel as he likes but Lamberti is his own wrecking crew doing more harm to his reputation on a daily basis than any campaign machine. It’s house cleaning time at BSO.

  • Steve Cabeza
  • Dick Norris

    Why won’t Lamberti show up to debate Israel? Everybody in the community was eager to see what Lamberti had to say on Putney but Lamberti was a “no show”. Lamberti has made quite a few bad choices lately some of which are so disgusting I will not bring them up here but members of the BSO know. Lamberti’s departure is long overdue.

    • James Watson

      Lamberti will not debate Israel because Lamberti has no defense for his bad judgement which has now cost the county millions of dollars. Lamberti is ready to release prisoners because there’s not enough money to keep them in jail. That’s because he let nit-wits like Bakowski steal millions and so-called trusted deputies like Kogod line their pockets with falsified payroll slips. The BSO is hemorrhaging taxpayer’s money and it must be stopped.

  • Manny Rodriquez

    Sgt. Mitch Kogod is purported to be one of Lamberti’s closest deputies (seen walking with Lamberti in his television commercial) yet now we know he just cut a plea deal for falsifying records that would have otherwise charged him with multiple felonies. We keep hearing “felon” and “felonies” associated with the name Lamberti over and over again.

  • Jarvis Jones

    Lamberti’s no show at the NAACP debate has officially earned him NO BLACK VOTES this election cycle. If that along with this poll are any indication we will have a new sheriff in town after November 6th.

  • Natalie Ricardo

    It doesn’t seem likely that Jennifer Bakowski could have stolen so much money without a little help from the inside. Either way, Lamberti gets the blame. Time for a new sheriff.

  • John Enright

    Lamberti is very dirty and was connect to the Ponzi Scammer Rothstein. We definitely can’t trust him to up hold the law when he is protecting criminals.

  • Christopher Carlson

    Channel 10 announces that Lamberti’s administrator Jennifer Bakowski has embezzelled millions of dollars and in the same article notes that his closest deputy is copping a plea deal to avoid felony charges. Shouldn’t the F.B.I. be investigating this stuff? It’s doubtful it can be resolved at a state level given the fact that the governor just donated big bucks to the Lamberti campaign. Broward deserves and should demand a break from the corruption that has plagued the sheriff’s office for years.

  • Under Republican Al Lamberti’s watch, BSO deputies have been free to run-a-muck! Lamberti has no control over his employees and no common sense. Lamberti has even promoted some deputies who should have been charged and/or fired – not promoted. Lamberti needs to go.

  • 1on1im

    What ever hapend to innocent until proven guilty. I hope none of you ever have someone accuse you of doing something wrong. You’ll find you name spread all over the internet and once you are found innocent it won’t matter. The damage has been done and there really isn’t much you can do to prevent people from reading negative comments about you and judging you by what they read. Now once someone is found guilty it’s different but people who are under investigations are people under investigations not found guilty and their whole life and their family’s lives are effected.