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Here’s The Scoop …We Dodged A “Bullet”…. In Lauderdale-By-The-Sea ….


Int. Town Manager Connie Hoffmann and BSO Lt. Angelo Cedeno 4/26/10

Dear Readers …we heard a few weeks back that the BSO was doing some major reshuffling of their deputies and one major change was to be the re-assignment of Lt. Angelo Cedeno who has only been in LBTS for approx. a year and a half …Lt. Cedeno has won praise from both those who were outraged by the unilateral (still being debated whether it really was) removal of former Chief Scott Gooding and those who supported Colon and made it a point to diminish Gooding and the BSO … We have seen the team of Chief Oscar Llerena and Lt. Angelo Cedeno all over town …on the beach…in the neighborhoods…and downtown …at events as well as in Jarvis Hall for meetings… They have made incredible busts and stepped up the department … It is really something to observe the different styles of the two men working so well together for the safety the betterment of our town… The Int. TM stated from the podium how rare it was to see the relationship we have as a municipality with the BSO …She made sure along with the Commissioners to keep it that way…as seen by the e-mails below…

Many thanks to Ms. Hoffmann…the Commission and the BSO for listening and making sure the Town will remain under the watchful eye of both Chief Oscar Llerena and Lt. Angelo Cedeno!…. We really dodged a “bullet” on this one….


From: Connie Hoffmann
Sent: Fri 7/23/2010 1:55 PM
To: [email protected]
Cc: [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; Birute Ann Clottey; Chris Vincent; Roseann Minnet; Scot Sasser; Stuart Dodd
Subject: Proposed Transfer of Lt. Cedeno

I have carefully considered BSO’s request to transfer Lt. Angelo Cedeno from assignment in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea to another position with BSO and have come to the conclusion that it is not an appropriate time to shake up the BSO management team in our Town for a variety of reasons.

The Town has been through a period of upheaval in the past year. As you know, the Town itself has gone through extraordinary management changes and we feel that stability is critical right now. The former Town Manager’s decision to remove former Chief Gooding was a traumatic event for the Town. Luckily, you arrived and, through your professionalism, great interpersonal skills, and adapatability to our Town’s uniqueness, made the transition to a new Chief much easier than anyone would have expected. But Lt. Cedeno does provide a continuity that is important, and he is viewed as an integral part of the BSO management team and our management team here in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.

And, as you know, our agreement with BSO expires in September 2011. The Town is very supportive of BSO and would like to see our relationship continue.

Given all of these factors, in addition to the fact that we like and admire Lt. Cedeno, the purpose of this email is to inform you under the terms of Paragraph 8.6 of the contract between BSO and the Town, that I do not concur with the proposed transfer of Lt. Cedeno out of Lauderdale-by-Sea. I hope that BSO can understand the Town’s position on this matter and view it as reasonable.

I have copied your operational chain of command on this email so that they, too, are aware of the Town’s feelings on the request.

Connie Hoffmann
Interim Town Manager

From: Knowles, William [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Fri 7/23/2010 2:12 PM
To: Connie Hoffmann; LLerena, Oscar
Cc: Cavallo, Louis: DLE; Frey, Rick; Birute Ann Clottey; Chris Vincent; Roseann Minnet; Scot Sasser; Stuart Dodd; Cedeno, Angelo
Subject: RE: Proposed Transfer of Lt. Cedeno
Colonel Rick Frey and I are in receipt of your email and have discussed your concerns. Based upon your concerns Lieutenant Cedano will not be transferred from the LBTS District. We at the BSO want to continue the great relationship that you and the city have come to expect. If I can be of further assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 954.786.4303.

Major William H. Knowles
Broward County Sheriff’s Office
Department of Law Enforcement
Chief of Police – Pompano Beach

Office 954-786-4303 Fax 954-786-2105
[email protected]


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