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Prima Facie: Theobald For Sheriff

When the Miami Herald published small bios on the nine guys -- and they're all guys -- vying for the Broward sheriff's job, a commenter wrote:

"A bunch of has-beens, failed private-practice legal hacks, and obscure bureaucrats living off the public this the best the Search Committee can do?????"

Seriously. Nick Navarro? They're going to foist 2 Live Crew's old nemesis on us? As if Broward isn't all ready enough of a national laughingstock.

I apply a process of elimination to the list. First, no one affiliated with BSO under Jenne should be considered. Sorry Thompson and Lamberti (though there is a Hollywood chief's position opening up for the latter). Certainly nobody ensconsed at the Broward County courthouse should stand a chance, so Elijah Williams and Peter Weinstein should keep their robes on.

Rick LeMack? Uh-uh. He came up in one of the most corrupt agencies around, H-wood PD. No chance. Also scratch off anybody who has never been a cop, to which we say sayonara to Udolf and Stermer (as if any intelligent person would ever consider a Weston commissioner for the job).

So that leaves us with Glenn Theobald (pictured above), who would be my pick from the motley list. He's a cop who knows the value of education and the law (having gotten his master's and law degree while serving on the Miami PD). From what I've seen, he has a great record in terms of community relations when he was running the Miami-Dade PD Intracoastal station. He's a Republican and you have to be pretty sure Crist is going to pick a GOPer. And most importantly he comes into the agency with a clean slate.

Yeah, he's our guy.

UPDATED: As a commenter noted below, it doesn't look like the poker player and the cop are the same guy. There is a a pic of a Glenn Theobald that doesn't seem to match that of the counsel-cop. Here's the weird part: When I saw that the poker player Theobald lives in Pembroke Pines, I checked the property appraiser's website and found that a Glenn R. Theobald owns a house in the Pines. Then I checked and found that Theobald the cop's middle initial is R. What are the odds? Anyway, I thought that further recommended him even more highly for the job -- and to answer another commenter's question, there's nothing illegal about what the poker player Theobald is doing.

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Journalist Bob Norman has been raking the muck of South Florida for the past 25 years. His work has led to criminal cases against corrupt politicians, the ouster of bad judges from the bench, and has garnered dozens of state, regional, and national awards.
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