09/10/2007

After scandal, Fla. county eyes ending sheriff elections

By Amy Sherman
The Miami Herald
 
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. When Ken Jenne was swept out of office Tuesday, the concept of a political king running the sheriff's empire may have been swept out with him.

Jenne's monogrammed saddle was still warm when Broward County commissioners began to discuss whether it was time to end the era of electing a sheriff.

County Mayor Josephus Eggelletion Jr. immediately asked the county attorney's office to research the idea of changing the sheriff's position from an elected to an appointed one, setting off a debate about how best to structure what has been one of the most influential offices in Broward County.

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