Tony’s platform as future sheriff revolves around six core elements. These elements will provide a moral compass, create a culture of problem solving, and ensure that the chain of command is responsive to members of our office and the community.
These six elements are:
1. Justice. Justice is a concept of moral rightness based on ethics, rationality, and law. I will
create an administration that follows a moral compass and revolves around due process that is
impartial, just and fair for all.
2. Unification. I will work very hard to close any gaps between the sheriff’s office and the
community. If you’re not a criminal, then we are on the same side. The sheriff’s office cannot
operate in a void. We need to work together to keep our community safe.
3. Problem Solving. I will create an office culture of problem solving. When someone calls the
office it’s seldom to say hello. They call because they need help. Our job is to provide that help.
Some calls are criminal in nature. Others may deal with civil issues or mental health. We will
provide due process or provide guidance to the right agency or service. In addition, I will
establish a citizen suggestion program where citizens can share their ideas and work in
partnership with the office.
4. Transparency. In addition to Florida Sunshine Laws, The Florida Public Records Act (FSS
119) makes it quite clear that “It is the policy of this state that all state, county, and municipal
records are open for personal inspection and copying by any person. Providing access to public
records is a duty of each agency.” I will be as transparent as the law allows and make every effort
to do so in a timely manner.
5. Improve Relations with the State Attorney’s Office. I will work with the state attorney’s
office to build a better working relationship. We are partners not adversaries. My criminal
investigation division commander will act as liaison to the state attorney. I will request they meet
regularly and bring direct guidance and feedback to our office. We will then make any
adjustments to our investigations and provide training when necessary.
6. Proper authority. The authority to act will be given at the lowest possible level to help solve
problems more efficiently. For example, under most circumstances a lieutenant should not need
to ask a captain’s permission. If they do, then the captain should be handling it in the first place.
Working through problems at the lowest possible level will benefit the community the most.
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