Viewers Voice: Sheriff's comments may sway votes on consolidating law enforcement?
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CREATED Sep. 13, 2013
CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Fort Myers voters will get to decide if they want to consolidate the Fort Myers Police Department and have the Lee County Sheriff's office take over but organizers fear recent comments from Sheriff Mike Scott may be turning people off to the idea.
Recently Scott criticized the NAACP for wanting to remove a portrait of Robert E. Lee from commission chambers. He was also vocal about his disapproval of an upcoming FGCU concert which features rap artists.
"His decisions, listening to him now... making some of the statements that he does...I think it's just not fair what he's saying," said Deborah Newson.
The comments are also leading residents like Yvette from Fort Myers hoping the sheriff doesn't take over the police department.
Yvette said, "He has said some not so nice things about the black people and he does not need to be over our city."
Another viewer calling in speaking up. She said, "I trust the city more than the county...Mike Scott needs to stay where he is."
Sheriff Scott says he is not taking a position on the referendum but some would like to see him take over the city.
Houman posting to Facebook, "He is the best thing that has ever happened to Lee county in recent years! Can't believe he is being criticized over this."
Deborah wrote, "He is very outspoken & honest. Lee county has been better off with him at the helm!!!"
Voters will get to decide on the issue in November.