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Back To The Future: Bill Would Bring Back Disgraced Office Of Miami-Dade Sheriff

T.A. “Tal” Buchanan, Miami-Dade County’s last sheriff. Voters abolished the sheriff’s office after his indictment on corruption charges in 1966.

By Dan Christensen, FloridaBulldog.org, Special to SouthFloridaReporter.com, Nov. 30, 2015 – A bill that would resurrect the office of Miami-Dade Sheriff, a post abolished by voters 49 years ago in the wake of scandal, is winding its way through the Florida House.

The measure and a companion bill in the Senate seek to amend Florida’s Constitution to strip charter counties of their authority to change the way certain county officers – often called constitutional officers – are selected.

Specifically, House Joint Resolution 165 and Senate Joint Resolution 648 require that county sheriffs, property appraisers, supervisors of elections, tax collectors and clerks of the circuit court be elected. The bills would also limit the ability of counties to abolish those five posts and transfer their duties.

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