History was made in Broward County after this election period.
For the first time, voters elected three African American men as sheriff, state attorney and public defender.
“It’s a humbling experience to have so many people show up on the electoral process and show that they have a level of confidence in me to continue to serve them as their sheriff,” said Gregory Tony.
Gregory Tony, who was appointed Broward County sheriff by Governor Ron DeSantis, will remain Broward’s top cop.
He faced Republican candidate H. Wayne Clark in the general election. Tony says he’s proud with the progress of enforcement and safety in Broward but says there is still so much to be done.
“We’ve also started to implement a new department here, a department of preparedness and response earlier this year. Our focal point will be to take more of our specialized assets and divisions compile them under one area and make sure to maximize those resources out into the community,” said Tony.
Gordon Weekes is the first black public defender in Broward County. He says more work needs to be done in terms of criminal justice reform.
“Working with the respective agencies on identifying on supports, programming and efforts to reduce the number of our individuals being arrested, reduce the number of individuals going to prison and reduce the disparities that exist within the system,” said Weekes.
In the State Attorney’s Office, Harold Pryor is replacing Mike Satz, who held the position since 1976.
Weekes says he looks forward to work with Pryor and Tony.
“I look forward to making sure that we are having conversations about making sure that we reduce the number of people entering into the criminal justice system for minor offenses,” added Weekes.
Pryor and Weekes will officially being their new roles in January.
“I’m looking forward to the possibility and the promise that is on the horizon for change. That is the most important thing we have to embrace in this election,” said Weekes.