Sign Honoring Fallen Sheriff Replaced With Garish Tribute To Current Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony

A tribute to fallen Broward Sheriff Ron Cochran was replaced with a garish tribute to Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony. In 1997, the new headquarters of the Broward Sheriff’s Office was named in honor of the late Ron Cochran. A large monument sign on the corner of Broward Boulevard and NW 27th Avenue marked the entrance of the Ron Cochran Public Safety Building in Fort Lauderdale. Now, the tribute to Cochran is gone.

Ron Cochran was elected Broward Sheriff in 1992. Cochran was the longtime Fort Lauderdale Police Chief. In September 1997, after a long battle with brain and lung cancer, Cochran died in office. Published reports hailed Cochran as the “modern architect” of the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

While battling cancer, Cochran faced enormous pressure to resign. Former Florida Attorney General Robert Butterworth visited Cochran to deliver news that then Governor Lawton Chiles would not force him from office. Butterworth told the Sun-Sentinel, “More than anything, Ron Cochran loved being a cop. His last wish was that he be given the chance to die with his boots on.”

“Florida lost a wonderful, competent, professional law enforcement officer who I think ran a very fine department,” Governor Chiles said. “I think we also lost a great humanitarian. He believed in very strict law enforcement, but he also believed very strongly in prevention.”

Two months later, the Broward County Commission honored Ron Cochran by naming the public safety building after him. The Sun-Sentinel reported the very humble Cochran did not want such honors.

“Susan McCampbell, acting Broward County sheriff, said Cochran told her during his last days that he didn’t want his name going on any public buildings, parks , ‘not even a parking space.’”

“’He was a very humble man, that was part of his charm,’ she said. ‘That’s why it took the County Commission about 30 seconds to rename the building after him.’”

While Cochran’s name may still be on the building, the large sign on the busy intersection is no more. It’s been replaced with a digital marquee sign with an oddly painted surround. One Monday morning, the marquee read “Sheriff Gregory Tony.” The sign features the Broward County logo as well as the BSO logo.

While there’s room for Cochran’s name, only the building address remains on the sign.

Nobody would ever mistake Sheriff Gregory Tony as a humble man. Whether it’s embellishments of his football career at Florida State University, vanity podcasts or appearing on swinger websites in a Speedo, Gregory Tony is no stranger to self-promotion.

One thing Tony does not promote is the ongoing legal inquiry into his tenure at BSO. In an exclusive report last week, REDBROWARD revealed the Tony legal inquiry was moved to the office of the State Attorney of 20th Judicial Circuit in southwest Florida.

Wonder if State Attorney Amira Fox and her investigators are big fans of Gregory Tony’s self-promotion?

The only signage mentioning Ron Cochran is located near the back entrance of the Ron Cochran Public Safety Complex. There is no signage on the front of the main building.

Who decided to insult the legacy of Ron Cochran? How long before the sign near the back door is replaced with another bit of Gregory Tony self promotion?

New sign at BSO HQ

Legal Inquiry Into Sheriff Gregory Tony Inquiry Moved Out Of Broward County

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony

The legal inquiry into Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony was moved out of Broward County, sources tell REDBROWARD. According to one source, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis authorized the move from Broward State Attorney Harold Pryor’s office in the 17th Judicial Circuit to State Attorney Amira Fox of the 20th Judicial Circuit. Fox’s office covers Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties. REDBROWARD was told most special prosecutions are conducted from the Fort Myers office.

For months, sources told REDBROWARD that new Broward State Attorney Harold Pryor appeared disinclined to consider serious charges in the Tony matter.

In March, REDBROWARD was first to report a Federal grand jury in Miami heard evidence on matters related to Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony and others in Broward County.

In April, The Florida Bulldog confirmed a Federal investigation into matters surrounding Sheriff Tony. The website reported the Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI) was investigating bid rigging allegations involving a contract between BSO and North American Rescue.

REDBROWARD revealed concerns of a “turf war” grew strong when news broke of an inquiry into North American Rescue CEO Bob Castellani. In 2019, the South Carolina-based sold “bleed kits” to the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO). Castellani was a key supporter of Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony’s re-election.

REDBROWARD was told the inquiry sent to the State Attorneys Office of the 20th Judicial Circuit does not include the bleed kit matter.

How Much Did Expensive Dale Holness/Greg Tony Photo Op Cost Broward Taxpayers?

Alcee St with Dale Holness & Greg Tony

A simple street naming ceremony may end up costing Broward taxpayers big bucks after County Commissioner Dale Holness and Sheriff Gregory Tony turned it into a political photo opportunity. On Saturday, Holness and Tony hosted the family of the late Congressman Alcee Hastings at the African American Research Library in Fort Lauderdale. Holness and his allies across Broward pushed street renaming proclamations in Hastings honor in what insiders see as a naked ploy to curry favor with voters.

The controversial Holness is running in a crowded Democrat field to replace Hastings.

The Saturday morning event featured nearly zero members of the general public. In addition to the Hastings family, Holness and Tony, the other participants included Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis, Broward Vice Mayor Michael Udine, Lauderhill Commissioner Ray Martin and Coral Springs Commissioner Nancy Metayer.

The African American Research Library is owned by Broward County. Who paid to rent the small dance studio/ conference room? Broward taxpayers? The Holness campaign?

Four blocks along Sistrunk Boulevard and Northwest 27th Avenue were blocked by Broward Sheriff’s Office personnel so Holness and Tony could march to a street post to erect the new Alcee Hastings signage. Who paid for the BSO presence.

Nearly a dozen BSO deputies were on hand for security along with a federal protection detail for Congresswoman. Wilson. Who paid for the security?

Sheriff Tony announced that those unable to walk the four blocks could ride in a BSO golf cart. A polite gesture, but why is taxpayer funded equipment being used for a political photo op?

At the end of the ceremony, Dale Holness gathered the Hastings family and the politicians for a group photograph. Holness singled out his staffer along with staffers for an absent Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Wilson and the official BSO photographer. He wanted to make sure each photographer had an opportunity to get them looking directly at the camera.

Who paid for a Broward County Commission aide to spend her Saturday taking pics?

Who decided to make an elaborate production out the street renaming? Why was it held midday on a Saturday in the scorching heat instead of the air-conditioned confines of the Broward Government Center?

Perhaps Dale Holness and Gregory Tony don’t care about costs as long as Broward taxpayers are picking up the bill?

Dale Holness instructs staffers to take pics