BY SAM FIELDS
(Sam Fields is a local lawyer and a long-time Democratic activist.)
As I have previously written I supported Republican Al Lambertti in November. It was for a four-year term, not a life sentence. This ploy to take partisan politics out of the sheriff’s race is as cynical as it gets.
If he wanted to assure us that he did not believe that the Sheriff should be partisan, the first thing he should have done was change his registration from Republican to Independent. Fat Chance.
If he really believed that party registration impaired the public’s ability to pick the best qualified, he should have gone all the way and recommend that the job be appointed by the County Commission in the same way it appoints the County Manager, County Attorney of County Auditor.
Every single city does it that way. The Governor appoints the heads for FDLE and the Highway Patrol. They generally do a decent job.
The simple truth is that the public is only slightly better qualified to pick the Sheriff than it is to pick the Chief of Oncology at Broward General.
Then again that probably applies to most public offiices, and yet it seems to have worked out pretty well for 200-plus years.