OPA-LOCKA, FL– Opa-locka Police Chief Scott Israel is expected to announce his resignation from the law enforcement agency according to city officials.
Israel is expected to hold a press conference sometime Friday to officially make the announcement.
Israel has had a long history with the law enforcement agency in Florida, from serving as the Chief of Police in North Bay Village from 2004 to 2008, to being named Police Chief of the Year in Miami Dade County, to serving as the Broward County Sheriff from 2013 to 2019.
Israel removed from office by Governor Ron DeSantis in 2019 due to his agency’s response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in 2018.
“For me to be suspended was a sham, it was political nonsense,” Israel said at the time.
Governor DeSantis went on to replace Israel with Gregory Tony.
He then ran for re-election in the 2020 Democratic primary against Tony but lost in the primary.
Israel then went on to become the Opa-Locka Police Chief:
“It is a true honor,” he said at a news conference back in 2022. “The Bible tells us, ‘With authority comes responsibility.’ I look so forward to the opportunity to become one team with the citizens of Opa-Locka.”
The resignation comes after just over a year of serving on the force.