BY BUDDY NEVINS
There is life after politics.
Former County Court Judge Julio Gonzalez Jr. is the latest example.
Gonzelez was appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush in 2006. He subsequently failed to hold on to his job in 2008 when he was defeated along with two other Hispanic judges in an election that smacked of bias.
Julio Gonzalez Jr.
He lost another election last year for the circuit court.
Now he has a new job as general counsel of the Broward County Police Benevolent Association.
Gonzalez has a lot of experience with cops. He spent 17 years as an assistant district attorney with the Brooklyn DA’s office. Then he moved to Florida in 2000 to take a job with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office.
In addition to his job as a prosecutor, Gonzalez has been a private attorney. One of his former employers is notorious – the law firm of Scott Rothstein, the jailed fraudster. Gonzalez was never accused of wrongdoing.
“We look forward to working with Julio to serve our membership,” Jeff Marano, president of the Broward County PBA, said in a news release. “He has the expertise our members need. We’re excited about having him join the team.”