- The Florida Police Chiefs Association are backing CFO Jimmy Patronis
- The group is the third largest state police chiefs associations in the U.S.
- Patronis has no opposition in the Aug. 23 Republican primary. He faces Adam Hattersley in November
The Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA) are endorsing Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis for re-election.
“On behalf of the Florida Police Chiefs Association, we are honored to endorse Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis for reelection,” said FPCA president and Daytona Beach Shores Public Safety Department Director Stephan Dembinsky. “CFO Patronis has been a vocal and resolute champion of protecting and defending law enforcement officers as they serve the people of Florida.”
FPCA represents over 1,000 of Florida’s top law enforcement executives and provides guidance and leadership for future of law enforcement officers. The law enforcement professional association also serves municipal, airport, college and university, and tribal police departments, as well as private businesses and security firms and federal, state and county law enforcement agencies across every region of the state.
“CFO Patronis has consistently made the health and welfare of first responders a priority all the time, not just when it’s politically convenient, and we know we can count on his continued leadership,” said FPCA 1st vice-president and Fellsmere Police Department Chief Keith Touchberry.
FPCA 2nd vice-president and Clermont Police Department Chief Charles “Chuck” Broadway agreed, adding “CFO Patronis has always led from the front during times of tragedy like major hurricanes and the Surfside building collapse, delivering the support first responders need to do their job.”
Patronis, who doubles as State Fire Marshal, has served as CFO since 2017, being appointed by then-Gov. Rick Scott. In 2018, he won his re-election campaign.
The Panhandle Republican also served in the Florida House from 2006 to 2014 and is a partner in Capt. Anderson’s, a historic seafood restaurant in Panama City Beach.
The CFO also has no Republican challenger but will face Tampa Democrat Adam Hattersley in the Nov. 8 General Election.