Sheriff’s commander who oversaw Parkland response to be replaced

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. _ A Broward County sheriff’s commander who oversaw the agency’s response to the Parkland school shooting will be replaced, the city said Thursday.

The city of Parkland said the move is part of a larger evaluation of the city’s contract with the Sheriff’s Office. It didn’t say whether Capt. Jan Jordan’s actions on the day of the massacre contributed to the decision to replace her.

She will be replaced with a higher-ranking officer, a major.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office couldn’t be reached for comment despite a phone call and email. It’s unclear from the city’s release what Jordan’s new position would be.

“My position is that our residents deserve the highest level of public safety possible and that’s what is important to us,” said Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky. She didn’t comment further.

Broward County Commissioner Michael Udine, who represents Parkland, had strong words for Jordan, who has been in her Parkland role since March 2017.

“When there are reports of incident commanders being unable to make real-time decisions, changes have to take place,” he said. “While no one is responsible for the crime besides the shooter, these continuous reports of failure in the system are extremely troubling and must be addressed.”

After the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the city has hired a security consultant company, the Center for Public Safety Management LLC, to review its contract with the agency.

The company will perform:

_ A “thorough review of the existing agreement for police services with the Broward Sheriff’s Office.”

_ An “analysis of the level of police services desired by the city and its stakeholders.”

_ A “review and analysis of police service delivery models.”

_ Recommendations “for 911 call processing.”

_ A security assessment of city-owned facilities and parks.

The current sheriff’s contract with the Sheriff’s Office, involving 43 sheriff’s personnel in the city, expires in 2019.

“In coordination with this comprehensive public safety evaluation process, I have proactively requested that Sheriff Scott Israel provide three recommendations to fulfill the upgraded role of major,” City Manager Bob Payton said in a prepared statement.

“Captain Jordan has provided great leadership to the City of Parkland and I am truly thankful for her service,” Payton said in a prepared statement.

A Parkland city spokesman declined to say whether the evaluation might result in Parkland no longer contracting with the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

“Everything is on the table, but we’re not going into it leaning one way or another,” said spokesman Todd DeAngelis. “The information will take us to the best possible outcome.”

This article provided by NewsEdge.