BY BUDDY NEVINS
Deerfield Beach Commissioners are throwing a $100,000 life preserver to the city’s fired police chief.
Chief Peter Sudler was told he was being dumped by incoming Broward Sheriff Scott Israel, prompting protests from commissioners and some activists.
In an attempt to fight back against Israel, commissioners have scheduled a special meeting Jan. 2 to create a city Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management.
Because a contract gives the sheriff control of policing in Deerfield, it is unknown what responsibilities are envisioned for the director.
An annual salary of $100,000 is being discussed, according to a source intimately familiar with controversy concerning the chief.
Israel sent word shortly before Christmas that Sudler was being dismissed because the city needed “major changes” in the police department. When the move was opposed by commissioners and several civic activists, it quickly became a controversy.
The new sheriff defended himself, being quoted in the Sun-Sentinel that it was “my obligation to build a team I can work well with, that I have trust in.”
Commissioners — who oversee a community so hard by financial problems that city employee have been laid off — will consider making a symbolic costly move to overturn the wishes of Israel. The special meeting is just four days before Israel is sworn on January 7.
A source told Browardbeat. com that the new director’s job is being pushed by Mayor Peggy Noland. She could not be reached for comment.
A spokesman for Israel, who won Deerfield beach in November by roughly two-to-one over defeated former Sheriff Al Lamberti, had no comment.
Taxpayers will have to decide whether creating a new administrator with no real responsibilities over BSO officers or functions is a good use of their money
AGENDA SPECIAL CITY COMMISSION MEETING Wednesday, January 2, 2013 6:30 P.M.
CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL
APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA
January 2, 2013
- 1) Resolution 2013/ – A Resolution of the City Commission of the City of Deerfield Beach, Florida, authorizing the City Manager to execute an application from the State of Florida Transportation for the temporary closing/special use of a State Road for the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. ACTION: Commission to vote on Resolution
- 2) Ordinance 2013/ – AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF DEERFIELD BEACH, FLORIDA, AMENDING AND UPDATING SECTION 2-246 CREATION OF CITY DEPARTMENTS TO PROVIDE FOR A NEW DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT; DELETING OLD SECTION 2-248 CONSOLIDATION OF PUBLIC WORKS AND ENGINEERING DEPARTMENTS; CREATING A NEW SECTION 2-248 PROVIDING FOR THE CREATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, CREATION OF THE POSITION OF DIRECTOR, PROVIDING FOR THE FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE NEW DEPARTMENT; CREATING A NEW SECTION 2-249 PROVIDNG THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIRE RESCUE AND CODE ENFORCEMENT ARE BY CONTRACT WITH THE BROWARD SHERIFF’S OFFICE; AUTHORIZING NECESSARY BUDGET TRANSFERS; CONTAINING A PROVISION FOR INCLUSION IN THE CITY CODE; CONTAINING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; CONTAINING AN EFFECTIVE DATE ACTION: Commission to vote on Ordinance and set public hearing for January 15, 2013
ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS AND CITY MANAGER COMMENTS COMMENTS BY MAYOR AND COMMISSIONERS