BY BUDDY NEVINS
Florida’s Supreme Court not only approved term limits on County Commissioners in its landmark ruling last week.
The decision was much wider than that, permitting term limits on Broward Property Appraiser, Clerk of the Court, Supervisor of Elections and Sheriff, too. I’m not sure if it includes the State Attorney or Public Defender since they are part of the judicial branch of government.
I didn’t see that in any other media outlet. Maybe I was wrongly interpreting the decision.
So I checked with super lawyer Bill Scherer, whose challenge to term limits ended up at the Supreme Court.
“That’s the way I read it,” Scherer said.
Two other lawyers questioned agreed with Scherer.
So far the Property Appraiser, Clerk, Supervisor of Elections and Sheriff are safe. There is no push to expand term limits to include them.
And it is likely that if County Commissioners decide to put term limits on the ballot, it wouldn’t affect the current office holders.
Commissioners are limited to a 12-year term limit. I doubt that Property Appraiser Lori Parrish, Clerk Howard Forman, Supervisor Brenda Snipes or Sheriff Al Lamberti will want to serve even another eight years, much less 12.
Voters would have to approve the term limits, of course. Is there any doubt they would?
The ruling can be read here.