Ousted Broward Sheriff Scott Israel is now in charge of reviewing red light camera citations in Davie, according to the Sun Sentinel. Israel, who was removed from office by the governor because of his agency’s response to the Parkland school shooting that left 17 people dead, has gone from making $188,262 annually as sheriff to pulling in $65,000 a year with his new position.
Israel was hired this month by the Davie Police Department as a traffic infraction enforcement officer making the same money as his retiring predecessor, Davie Police Chief Stephen Kinsey said.
The full-time job involves Israel reviewing the city’s five red light cameras and appearing in court if anyone challenges a ticket. The job was posted for two days in early May. Three people applied, and only Israel was interviewed, according to WPLG.
According to the Florida Division of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, 6,570 tickets were issued through Davie’s red light camera program from July 2019 to June 2020, the last fiscal year.
Israel, 63, unsuccessfully ran against appointed Sheriff Gregory Tony in 2020. Tony, 41, topped his predecessor by about 4,000 votes, according to the Broward elections office.
Israel has not held a job in law enforcement since Governor Ron DeSantis made good on a campaign promise and suspended the former embattled sheriff in 2019. The Republican governor made Israel’s removal one of his first acts after taking office alleging incompetence in the handling of mass shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.