Sheriff Gregory Tony
Company/Employment: Broward County
Bio: Since taking command of the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Gregory Tony’s dynamic and progressive leadership has transformed BSO into one of the most accountable, progressive and respected public safety agencies in Florida. As Broward County’s 17th sheriff and the first African-American to serve in this capacity, Sheriff Tony brings a wealth of experience, unique skillset and passion for public safety to BSO. Guided by his North Star belief that service equals reward, Sheriff Tony has led efforts to revamp BSO and restore trust in the agency by implementing a host of initiatives focused on bolstering training, building stronger community relationships, providing our youth with expanded opportunities for success and ensuring our employees are held to the highest standards of professionalism and accountability. Growing up in inner-city Philadelphia, Sheriff Tony learned from an early age the determination and selflessness that is needed to be an effective police officer. He experienced firsthand the prejudices that exist between minority youth and law enforcement and the difference that must be made in order to change the negative perceptions. As sheriff, he has used his experiences as a launching pad to implement forward-thinking policies to better connect with the many diverse communities BSO serves. Sheriff Tony established his home in the Sunshine State when he moved to Florida to play football at Florida State University under the leadership of legendary coach Bobby Bowden. He graduated from FSU with a degree in criminology and later received a master’s degree in criminal justice from Nova Southeastern University. As an adjunct professor for the past eight years, Sheriff Tony understands the importance of mentoring the next generations that are interested in criminal justice. Sheriff Tony began his law enforcement career in 2005 with the Coral Springs Police Department where he served on the SWAT team and rose to the rank of sergeant. He also worked in narcotics investigation, burglary apprehension, street intelligence and field force. While with the CSPD, he received numerous awards, commendations and honors. Later, too aware of the numerous active shooter and mass bombing tragedies occurring throughout the country and around the world, Sheriff Tony focused on running his security firm specializing in precise training and providing threat assessments for both public and private sector entities. The training platform developed is currently being used by thousands of people across the world. Since he assumed leadership of BSO in January 2019, Sheriff Tony has been unafraid to tackle controversial matters that can, at times, put him at odds with other law enforcement officials and politicians. Doing what is right, not what is convenient, is his driving force. His priorities include Accountability, Community Policing, Diversity, School Safety, Training and Preparedness, and Investing in our Future. Sheriff Tony is happily married to his wife, Holly, a registered nurse, and they reside in Coral Springs. He will continue to bring the same tireless work ethic that has been characteristic of his career to ensure BSO remains the finest public safety agency in South Florida.