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BCPBA Supports Broward County’s Penny Surtax Referendum

The Broward County Police Benevolent Association has announced it is supporting the Broward County penny surtax referendum and is recommending to all of its members and their families to vote “Yes” on the two questions in the general election on November 8.

“This surtax will hopefully give some relief to municipal budgets in funding law enforcement initiatives to make Broward County safer,” Broward County PBA President Jeff Marano said.

The proceeds of the first half-cent surtax would go to Broward County and may be used only to fund county-wide transportation improvements to reduce traffic congestion, develop rail and enhanced bus systems, improve roads and signalization, and develop safe sidewalks and bicycle pathways, among others.

The proceeds of the second half-cent surtax would be used by Broward’s municipalities and Broward County and may be used only to fund infrastructure improvements, to construct and improve public buildings, facilities and roads, transportation projects, pedestrian safety projects, purchase of equipment and public safety vehicles, and recreation/conservation land acquisition, among others.

For either of the half-cent surtaxes to go into effect, the voters of Broward County would need to approve both half-cent surtaxes.

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BCPBA Endorses Jim Fondo For Broward County Sheriff

The Broward County Police Benevolent Association has announced its support of Jim Fondo for Broward County Sheriff in the Democratic Primary Election on Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

“As a deputy who successfully rose through the ranks and into the command, we believe Jim is the best candidate suited to stabilize the morale, remove the politics and cease the retaliation, intimidation and threats,” PBA President Jeff Marano said. “It is a difficult and dangerous environment facing law enforcement throughout America, and the workplace should be the last place a Deputy should feel unsafe.”

Fondo began his career in law enforcement in 1982 with the Dania Beach Police Department. Upon joining the Broward Sheriff’s Office following the merger of Dania Beach and BSO, Fondo served as a district detective in the Criminal Investigations Unit and the Selective Enforcement Team. In 1990, he was transferred to the Organized Crime Unit, as a detective, working undercover investigating narcotic violations. In February 1997, Fondo was promoted to sergeant working in Lauderdale Lakes and then transferring to Tamarac, serving as the supervisor of the Selective Enforcement Team. In March 2001, he was promoted to Lieutenant and worked as the Executive Officer (Assistant Police Chief) in the cities of Tamarac, Dania Beach and then North Lauderdale. In December, 2006, Fondo was named District Chief (Police Chief) of the Central Broward District. In February, 2009, he was named Director of the Strategic Investigations Division (SID) and also named to the South Florida HIDTA Board as a voting member. During his tenure in SID he was the Security Co-chair of the 2010 Super Bowl committee and then Security Co-chair of the 2011 Orange Bowl committee for Broward County.

During his 30 year career, Fondo earned his Master’s in criminology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from Florida Atlantic University. He is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program from the Center for Advanced Criminal Justice Studies and in June, 2011, he graduated from the FBI National Academy, Class 245, in Quantico, Virginia. In 2009, as supervisor of BSO’s Homeland Security Unit, Fondo was granted secret security clearance by the FBI to be briefed on terrorism related events through the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).

BCPBA Endorses Bobby DuBose For Florida House

The Broward County Police Benevolent Association has announced its support for Bobby DuBose for re-election to the Florida House of Representatives, serving District 94, in the General Election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

DuBose was born in Fort Lauderdale and attended the University of Florida. He graduated with a degree in economics and began working as a self-employed insurance agent. In 2009, DuBose ran for and won a seat on the Fort Lauderdale City Commission (District III) and two years later was re-elected to a second term without opposition. He served as the Vice-Mayor of Fort Lauderdale from 2011 to 2012.

In 2014, DuBose ran for the open seat in the Florida House of Representatives, District 94, winning with 67% of the vote. DuBose serves on the Local and Federal Affairs committee, and is the ranking Democratic member on the Health Quality subcommittee.

DuBose is married to Yvette, and the couple has two children, Ethan Joshua, Jacob Emmanuel.

BCPBA Endorses Tim Ryan For Broward County Commission

The Broward County Police Benevolent Association has announced its support for Tim Ryan for re-election to the Broward County Commission, serving District 7, in the General Election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

A lifelong resident of Broward County, Ryan was first elected to the Broward County Commission, representing District 7, in November 2012. He was elected Mayor of Broward County by his fellow County Commissioners in November 2014, after serving as Vice Mayor the previous year. District 7 includes the cities of Dania Beach, Lazy Lake and Wilton Manors, parts of Davie, Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, and the Broadview Park neighborhood in unincorporated Broward County.

Before his election to the Broward County Commission, Ryan served for eight years in the Florida House of Representatives, from 1998 – 2006, before leaving office due to term limits. During his time in the legislature, Ryan focused on legislative initiatives to protect consumers, improve public education, enhance accountability and ethical standards for elected officials, and protect our state’s environment and natural resources.

Ryan has been active in a number of community service organizations, including the Dania Beach Improvement Committee, the Fort Lauderdale Jaycees, the Broward County Guardian Ad Litem program, the Hollywood Rotary Club and the Ft. Lauderdale Emerald Society. He has earned recognition while serving as Special Counsel for the City of Dania Beach for the past 25 years, and received the Florida Teaching Profession “Friend of Education” award and the Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono award for his volunteer services.

Ryan and his wife, Debbie, have been married for 27 years, and live in Dania Beach. They have four children – Johanna, 25, Brendan, 21, Colman, 16, and Catriona, 13.

BCPBA Endorses Osgood and Brinkworth For Broward County School Board

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The Broward County Police Benevolent Association has announced its support for Dr. Rosalind Osgood (District 5) and Heather Pomper Brinkworth (District 3) for seats on the Broward County School Board in the General Election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

A Broward County native, Dr. Osgood has served as a minister, social worker and teacher in Broward County for the past 20 years. In 2012 Dr. Osgood was elected to the School Board of Broward County to represent District 5 by 70% of the voters.

Dr. Osgood has been recognized by her peers as a true community leader. She is the former public policy chair for both the Broward County and State of Florida branches of the American Association of University Women. She has served four years as a member of the Substance Abuse Advisory Board for Broward County, two years on the CRA Advisory Board for the City of Fort Lauderdale and the Board of Directors for the Broward Coalition for the Homeless. She is the former vice chair of the Broward County Housing Council. In 2013, Dr. Osgood became the First Female Chaplain for the City of Fort Lauderdale Police Department.

A graduate of Fort Lauderdale High School, Dr. Osgood earned both a Master’s and Doctoral Degree in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University.

Brinkworth is a third generation Broward County resident and has lived in District 3 since 1982. She is a proud product of Broward County Schools, having attended Lauderhill Paul Turner Elementary, Bethune Elementary, Rogers Middle School, Hollywood Hills High School and Stranahan High School.

Brinkworth’s community involvement includes having served as the chair of the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Education Advisory Board, as a member of the Broward County Public Schools District Advisory County, and former PTA President at Bayview Elementary. During her time on the Education Advisory Board Heather attended Student Success Opportunity School meetings in the community, and encouraged the members to take an active role in education issues.

Brinkworth attended Florida Atlantic University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English.

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