Jenne Due Back


Ken Jenne should be back next week to his former kingdom, Broward.

But the one-time political king no longer wears a crown.

The former sheriff pleaded guilty to corruption charges 10 months ago. 

He is scheduled to be released from Miami Federal Detention Center on Monday, September 29.

No word on what Jenne will be doing once he is out.  The rumors range from lobbyist to law clerk.
As David says in the Bible: “How The Mighty Have Fallen

I met Jenne in 1974. He was sitting on a couch in the living room of a house at a party thrown by another South Florida journalist. We talked about his vision for a better Broward.

The county government at the time was bought and sold.  County officials took money, almost openly. There were few libraries, almost no parks, a decrepit bus system, no unified policy for the environment and no land use planning.

As a prosecutor, Jenne was instrumental in cracking the culture of corruption. 

That’s particularly ironic.

He knew Broward had to change.  He wanted to help change it.

Leaving the prosecutor’s office, he was named the director of a group voters created to form a new government system. 

In the early 1970s, Broward government was more suitable to the rural past.  He shaped a new, more professional government with the powers to handle the urban future.

A bus system was created.  A county library and park system was formed. There was some control — not enough in my opinion — over development.

Jenne went on the county commission, then the state Senate.

At times in the 1990s, he was one of the second most powerful Democrat in Tallahassee after Gov. Lawton Chiles.

He steered state money to Broward.  He enabled parks, roads and libraries to be built.  One of his major achievements is the downtown Fort Lauderdale public university campus.
As sheriff, he had a vision for Broward that I believe was correct.  He consolidated many smaller police agencies under the Broward Sheriffs Office.

No doubt the towns that he brought into BSO have better police services today.

Jenne leaves a legacy. It is a legacy he talked about back on that couch more than 30 years ago — better services, better amenities for the public.

Unfortunately due to his mistakes, all many will remember is his fall. 




4 Responses to “Jenne Due Back”

  1. Leo says:

    Jenne ruined BSO with Powertrac. He was no had law enforcement experiance. Jenne the politicians deserve to the end up iun jail.

  2. Marty Rubinstein says:

    A quote from William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar: “The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones.”

  3. Oops!!! says:

    BUDDY, you do mean September 29th, 2008 don’t you???

    Wish it was February 29, of 2009.

    Next up should be Stern as in Judy Stern to be in slammer, right???

    Thanks. I’ll fix it!

  4. Buddy - Interesting Info says:

    Buddy – what about the information in the paper that Jenne may be going back to Rothstein Rosenfelt Adler, the same group of stormtroopers that have funded the Republican Dirty Tricks Campaign to benefit Al Lamberti?

    If Jenne gets involved in that crew, it really shows that there is something strange as it relates to Lamberti.

    Also, have you heard the rumors that BSO has identified the killer(s) of Deputy Reyka but are sitting on it until late October to benefit his election campaign. If they are sitting on a warrant for political purposes, these guys should be taken out to the woodshed. How disgusting.