MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Broward Sheriff Scott Israel is one step closer to remaining as the county’s top cop for another term. With 83% of precincts counted, Israel has 65-percent of the votes over three fellow Democrats.
The winner of the Democratic primary will face Republican Santiago Vazquez Jr. and two write-in candidates in November.
The Broward Sheriff is one of the most powerful elected posts in Broward.
The BSO has more than 6,000 employees and a budget close to $800 million.
He began his career with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department as a road patrol officer and worked undercover in the narcotics division. He was promoted to captain and retired as the Community Policing Special Operations/SWAT Commander. Sheriff Israel then served as the City of North Bay Village Police Chief before becoming sheriff. He was also a high school football coach and a past recipient of the prestigious “Brian Piccolo Coach of the Year Award” for his life’s work in Broward County youth athletics.