David Holmes, left, with former Sheriff Scott Israel

Law enforcement chat rooms were buzzing this week with news that a Democrat consultant is pushing a BSO Colonel to replace beleaguered Sheriff Gregory Tony. Several posts in the law enforcement forums website claimed consultant Judy Stern was trying to sell her contacts in Governor Ron DeSantis on naming Colonel David Holmes as Tony’s replacement. Sources told REDBROWARD that Tony could face charges and removal from office for failing to disclose his role in the 1993 murder of Hector Rodriguez of Philadelphia.

The website gossip claimed Holmes was already holding meetings with other BSO officers to set up a succession plan. Our sources claim Holmes did meet with other high-ranking BSO officials to discuss a myriad of issues including “redoing contracts that have been already awarded.”

Stern is a close ally and advisor to Broward State Senator Perry Thurston who is despised by the Parkland supporters of Sheriff Tony. The Parkland families have funded Broward First, a political committee, supporting Tony’s election. Would the Parkland families allow Stern to use this money to support Holmes?

Also, Stern is often an paid consultant for the Florida Democrat Party. Would the Parkland families allow Stern to use funds that may hurt Donald Trump and Republicans in November?

Here’s a Facebook post from September 2017 about David Holmes:

Major David Holmes, a former Miami Dolphins defensive back, has spent his life making a major difference on and off the field. When injuries hampered his NFL career, Major Holmes embarked on a career in law enforcement that led him to BSO in 1998.

“I always wanted to work in a profession where I could give back. Law enforcement was always a love of mine. Growing up in a small town in New Jersey, law enforcement was very well respected. The neighborhood looked up to the officers. I felt comfortable around them, so when my playing days were over, I knew this was something I wanted to do.“

In 2006, Major Holmes helped start F.A.S.T. Camp (Fitness, Agility, Strength, and Technique), a safe environment for young people in South Florida to learn the importance of responsibility, commitment and respect, as well as athletics. Several BSO deputies joined the camp as volunteers to help mentor.

To date, two F.A.S.T. participants have made it to the NFL and over 20 have made it to a Division I program.

“With hard work and discipline, number one at home, number two in the classroom and number three on the football field, they can be successful in life. Hopefully when I leave here one day, kids can say, ‘I remember Major Holmes, he made an impact on me and I’m successful in society because he helped me.’”

Asked if he gets recognized more as a defensive back for the Dolphins or a Major at BSO, Holmes says, “Definitely a Major at BSO!

Then in January 2019, Holmes got promoted by Sheriff Tony:

Congratulations to BSO veteran David Holmes, promoted by Sheriff Gregory Tony to Lieutenant Colonel.

In January of 1994, Lieutenant Colonel David Holmes began his law enforcement career with the Federal Bureau of Investigations as an intelligence analyst assigned to the National Drug Intelligence Center in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. In 1996, he left the FBI and joined the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Diversion Investigator. In 1998, he joined the Broward Sheriff’s Office. During his career with BSO, he worked road patrol in the Central Broward district, served on the district’s Selective Enforcement Team and the detective bureau. In 2001, he was assigned to Internal Affairs where he worked both as a detective and sergeant before being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in December 2006. After his promotion to lieutenant, he was assigned to Lauderdale Lakes district as an operations lieutenant and later to the South Broward District where he served as executive lieutenant.

In early July 2010, he was promoted to the position of District Chief for BSO’s North Lauderdale district. In January 2013, he was promoted to Regional Major for the Department of Law Enforcement.

Lieutenant Colonel Holmes has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship. He is also a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program, the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute Officers Commanders Course and the Florida FBI National Academy Executive Development Seminar.

And Tony promoted Holmes again in September 2019:

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony believes in promoting from within and utilizing the talent that exists within the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Described as hard working and deserving, it’s no surprise that Sheriff Tony selected Colonel David Holmes to lead the Department of Law Enforcement (DLE).
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Colonel Holmes joined BSO in 1998. He worked road patrol in the Central Broward District, served on the district’s Selective Enforcement Team and the detective bureau. He has continued rising through the ranks from regional major to Lieutenant Colonel for DLE and now on to Colonel for DLE.
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Join us in congratulating Colonel Holmes on his promotion. We’re excited about the leadership talent and gifts he’s bringing to this new role.

Published by Tom Lauder

Covering South Florida Politics Since 2010...As Seen On: POLITICO, The Huffington Post, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, The Miami Herald, WPLG LOCAL 10 (ABC MIAMI), The New Times

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3 Comments

  1. When you have a Democrat Consultant promoting you to become sheriff or any neutral position, at that point you are compromised and you should not hold that position. Ethics and integrity is vital to be sheriff and this guy has the DNC in his pocket. In other words he would be another Scott Israel, a political hack.

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  2. Naw, he really deserves it, I know from personal interactions. But with any political position you need more people to support your goals. He would make an excellent Leader of men.

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  3. Story is bogus. Judy Stern has no connections withDeSantis. DeSantis doesn’t even know who Judy Stern is.

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