I want to make government more like a business; a problem solver, not a problem creator. My focus while in office will be restoring freedom, combating runaway taxes, eliminating uncontrolled government spending, and reducing inefficient, excessive regulation. My 'agenda' is to restore liberty, not restrict it, to shrink government, not expand it and observe the limited, enumerated powers of our Constitution, not ignore them.
OPEN LETTER REGARDING
THE ISSUE BETWEEN MAYOR GREG ROSS AND THE PEMBROKE PINES POLICE
COOPER CITY, FL --August
To Whom It May Concern;
Regrettably and most unfortunately,
negative publicity has again been brought to the City of Cooper City and in
turn to our residents. The alleged actions of our newly elected Mayor, as recently
reported by the media regarding an
alleged confrontational situation that occurred between the Mayor and law
enforcement officers of the Pembroke Pines Police Department, has again cast a
cloud of disparagement upon our great city.
I am appalled that the Cooper City Mayor allegedly espoused his
political position to attempt to influence a police officer. It is not an issue
of exculpatory evidence and as such, I as a senior Cooper City Commissioner on behalf
of my constituents, do not condone any actions or interference, personal or
otherwise, of any police officer during a traffic stop. I am appalled by any elected
official, commission member, city staff member or resident, who personally chooses
to engage in interference, intimidation, ridicule, political pressure or any other
form of verbal or other assault upon the integrity and honesty of any law
enforcement personnel in any jurisdiction, or interference during the official performance
of their duties whatsoever.
The task of performing much needed law enforcement in today’s
environment is especially difficult due to the risks to the officers and our
citizens when potential violence occurs, seemingly so often. The extreme challenges
essential for law enforcement officers to fully accomplish their duties must be
viewed by the citizenry as a required function of society, and must be fully supported
while being executed in a professional manner. We ‘The People’ who place our
safety and security their hands, must not intervene regardless of any
profession or political office one may hold, especially in such a manner that
disrupts their life safety and critical tasks at hand.
It is my firm belief that all of the residents of our communities are
very thankful and very supportive of all law enforcement personnel regardless
of their function or jurisdiction. Given the multitude of cities that surround
us, the name of the jurisdiction on the sleeve patch is not important, but
rather what is most important is that they are on the job every day and night providing
the essential safety and security that we all require and insist upon. We all
believe in the end that government’s number one function to the citizenry is indeed
the safety of our communities and our families.
I am extremely grateful that those who continue to serve in the line of
duty and perform their daily and extremely hazardous duties in a professional manner,
will continue to do so in spite of the efforts of a few to be disruptive, and in
spite those who intentionally disregard the lawful processes required of our
law enforcement officers. They do so in complete disregard of the oath that
they have sworn to uphold and defend.
Further, as a long serving city commissioner, I am extremely concerned
with political corruption; appearances of impropriety, unethical behavior and of
course any wrongdoing of our elected public servants. I most strongly condemn
any action(s) by any elected official, commission member or member of city staff
who decides take it upon themselves to ridicule, impugn or condemn any police
officer, to engage in any unethical behavior, suggest, infer or to solicit any special
favors or special benefit which may benefit themselves, or expect special
treatment on behalf of others from any law enforcement officer during the
performance of their official duties.
Anyone who hasconcerns regarding
this issue may feel free to contact me to express your views and concerns.