If everyone performs their job well, he said, then reelection should follow.
“Our cultural change begins today,’’ Israel said, “by me demanding that our leaders never rule by intimidation, fear or retaliation.’’
A standing ovation followed.
He vowed there would be no good ol’ boys network in his office, and that he would personally review every promotion to ensure it was earned on merit.
He promised not to play favorites, or to emphasize the success of one BSO division over another. He urged all divisions within the agency to consider each other as teammates.
“We are one,’’ he said.
Even before taking office, Israel set to work changing things at BSO.
In December, his transition team sent emails to 28 high-ranking employees telling them they would be out once Israel took over. Many top officials had already announced they would be leaving, including BSO spokesman Jim Leljedal, attorney Judith Levine and Undersheriff Tom Wheeler.
Emails from Israel’s transition team to BSO show that Israel has sought information about every aspect of the agency, including budget forecasts, contracts for everything from garbage collection to lobbying, statistics about the race of employees and even about the protocol for military casket arrivals.
Israel’s senior command staff includes many who played key roles in his campaign, including his new general counsel, Ron Gunzburger, son of Sue Gunzburger, and Lisa Castillo, who worked on Israel’s campaign. The name of her husband, Pembroke Pines Commissioner Angelo Castillo, also has surfaced as having a role in the Israel administration.
On Tuesday, Israel advised deputies to be unafraid of risks or criticism, and to put their jobs third in life — after God and family, in that order.
He promised a robust community outreach department that would seek to forge partnerships with churches, community groups, schools and residents.
Israel also invoked the school massacre at Newtown, Conn., and pledged to protect schoolchildren from harm.
“I will do everything I can to keep assault weapons out of Broward County,’’ he said.
He also said BSO will be “more accountable to the public,” and that he will find and eliminate waste in the agency by consolidating services, and increasing partnerships with community organizations.
“We’re going to make Broward County a better and safer place to live and work and to raise a family,’’ he said.
Miami Herald staff writer Amy Sherman contributed to this report.