And he announced his new command staff today.
Some on his list will fill positions currently held by someone else at Broward Sheriff's Office. Plenty of people resigned before this list came out. But plenty hung on, hoping Israel would keep them.
Israel takes office Jan. 8.
Here's who he's hiring -- these are the names he told me over the phone this morning. The official list comes afterwards:
Lisa Castillo will be chief of staff. Castillo used to work for then-County Commissioner Jim Scott. She also worked with lobbyist and political consultant Judy Stern, on the 2008 sheriff's campaign for Israel. She's married to Pembroke Pines Commissioner Angelo Castillo.
Angelo Castillo's job is still being determined, but will be an administrative post working on the budget and other high-end responsibilities.
Amy Rose, Israel's campaign manager, will be working in governmental affairs, aka lobbying.
Elgin Jones, South Florida Times reporter, will have a community outreach job yet to be defined
Bob Pusins, formerly of Fort Lauderdale Police Department, will be executive director of community outreach, the remodeled department that is run now by Art Santucci
Gary Palmer, a former BSO employee and former Lauderhill police chief, will be colonel over the deputies in the jails. As an aside, Israel says he is an expert sax player, and head coach for the girls' basketball team at Hollywood Hills High School. Palmer is a high ranking officer with the Florida Atlantic University police department.
Alvin Pollock of BSO will be colonel of law enforcement deputies. Pollock, you might recall, got in trouble two years ago in the domestic violence case involving Miami Dolphins defensive end Phillip Merling. Pollock was accused of showing him preferential treatment. It has been reported that he's the brother-in-law of Major Keith Neely, also on this list. Pollock filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over his discipline, claiming racial discrimination, this news story by Elgin Jones reports. Jones' story also reports that the attorney for Pollock was Reginald Clyne, who was the attorney for Elgin Jones when Jones sued the city of Fort Lauderdale for racial discrimination. Small world!Steve Kinsey, formerly of Fort Lauderdale p.d., will be in charge of criminal and strategic investigations.
Jack Dale, formerly of Fort Lauderdale p.d., will be in charge of the Office of Professional Standards.
Jim Chinn, a former deputy and a math professor, will be executive director of administration
Ron Gunzburger, son of County Commissioner Sue Gunzburger, will be general counsel
Veda Coleman-Wright, already in the public information office, will rise to director
Mary Jo Mastrodonato, who worked in the chief's office when he was chief of North Bay Village's police department, and who also was a colleague of his at Fort Lauderdale p.d., will be his executive assistant.
As a side note, there will likely be a re-hiring of Russell Di Perna, who was fired from BSO but was on Israel's transition team. But Israel said he has to see about getting his certification back.