“I will not proactively pursue anyone. The first contact will never be made by me. I’m not interested in getting a bigger BSO. I’m interested in getting a better BSO. If the government of a particular city or citizens of a particular city came to me and wanted me to look into it, make an offer, as long as I knew the citizens were for it and men and women who do the job were for it, obviously I would look into it.”
Q. Have you met with federals authorities regarding any ongoing investigations that relate to Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein? Are you keeping David Benjamin [Lamberti’s former right-hand man who drove Rothstein to the airplane when he fled to Morocco]?
“Never. (He also said he hadn’t received any request from federal officials to meet.)
As for Benjamin, “the plan is yes, we will have to see. I have no plans not to keep him. I don’t know enough about the case and the investigation. I’m sure the FBI or the entities will be briefing me as a new sheriff — telling me what investigations are out there. I couldn’t make an informed comment right now.”
Q. What is the legacy of your predecessor? Is there anything Al Lamberti did that you pledge to continue or you commend?
“I’m not going talk about Al Lamberti anymore. I probably see him in a different vein than some people. I’m going to move forward.”
Q. Ken Jenne plastered his name everywhere. Where are you going to put your name?
“I’m about public safety and reducing crime and increasing quality of life. I’m not a big self-promoter. The truth is, I haven’t given it a moment’s thought. I don’t see putting my name in many places.”