Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti met with the man elected to take his position in January to dismiss rumors that the pair was not working together during the transition of power. He told NBC 6 South Florida that the pair started discussions during the first week in November.
Sheriff-elect Scott Israel promised change as he was officially became Broward County's top cop at a swearing in ceremony Tuesday morning.
"There will be change, I think that's important, we will be transparent, we will have a new vision and we will be a diverse group of men and women who want to protect and serve," Israel said during the ceremony at The Faith Center in Sunrise. "We need to bring a cultural change to the agency, within the agency. We must bring diversity to the entire agency, we must look like Broward County."
Israel promised he wouldn't rule by "fear, intimidation or retaliation," and vowed to "depoliticize" the BSO.
"I will treat everyone with dignity and respect, including everyone I work with on a daily basis," Israel said. "I want to depoliticize the BSO, I don't want you worrying about me getting reelected or anything like that."
Israel defeated Sheriff Al Lamberti in the November election. He'll oversee the approximately 5,500 employees of the Broward Sheriff Office, one of the largest fully-accredited sheriff's offices in the country.
He touched on many issues during Tuesday's ceremony, including keeping assault weapons out of Broward and solving the murder of Sgt. Christopher Reyka, who was killed in Pompano Beach in 2007.