February 14, 2022 6:00am

Power Poll Results: Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony Should Be Held Accountable for Not Disclosing Full Background

Broward Leaders Are Mixed in Support of County's Top Cop

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By Sallie James
Fort Lauderdale, FL Correspondent
 

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony has been the focus of controversy ever since a newspaper disclosed that he was arrested and charged at age 14 in 1993 for fatally shooting a man in Philadelphia. Our 18th Fort Lauderdale Power Poll asked Broward leaders if they felt Tony should have been punished for failing to disclose these facts before assuming the job of sheriff.

Response to this subject was measured, but the majority of survey takers agreed Tony should be held accountable for lying about his past.

Our first Power Poll question asked survey takers if they thought Sheriff Gregory Tony had been the target of a two-year political smear campaign. The answers were evenly divided, with 33 percent saying yes, 33 percent saying no and 33 percent neutral.

Our second Power Poll question asked Broward leaders if they thought Florida Governor Ron DeSantis should take action to remove from office or punish Sheriff Tony for lying on job applications. Florida law allows the governor to suspend someone for malfeasance. The answers were again evenly divided, with 33 percent disagreeing, 33 percent agreeing and 33 percent neutral.

Our third Power Poll question asked survey takers if Sheriff Tony should have disclosed that he was arrested for murder in Philadelphia as a teenager in 1993. Tony has said he acted in self-defense. He was ultimately found not guilty.

The majority of respondents agreed that Tony should have disclosed the information, with 67 percent in favor and 33 percent disagreeing.

Our fourth Power Poll question asked whether the Florida Commission on Ethics should take action to fine, censure, or remove Tony from office for the misleading answers he put on job forms in the past. The majority of respondents said “yes,” with 67 percent agreeing and 33 percent disagreeing.

Our fifth and final Power Poll question asked survey respondents for an overall assessment of Tony's performance as Broward Sheriff. The answers were again evenly divided, with 33 percent agreeing that he has been doing a good job, 33 percent disagreeing and 33 percent neutral.

About Power Poll: Power Poll asks questions of the most powerful, influential people in U.S. cities. It is not a scientific survey. But because the people responding to the surveys comprise the leadership structure of their cities, the results afford a fascinating glimpse into the thoughts, opinions, and beliefs of those in a position to make change. Power Poll is distinctly nonpartisan.

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