Sheriff Kevin Beary
|Sheriff of Orange County, Florida|
|Preceded by||Walter Gallagher|
|Succeeded by||Jerry Demings|
May 12, 1957 |
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
|Political party||Republican (former)
|Alma mater||Liberty University
University of Central Florida
Kevin Beary (born May 12, 1957) was Sheriff 1993-2009 of Orange County, Florida, United States, heading the Orange County Sheriff's Office, one of the largest law enforcement bodies in the Southeastern United States.
He was first elected in 1992 as a Republican. After election to his fourth term, he changed his party affiliation to Independent.
In June 2003, Sheriff Beary was named Sheriff of the Year by the National Sheriffs' Association. In 2002 he received the Professional Achievement Award from the University of Central Florida. In 2001 he was given the local Hispanic Community Award. In 2000 he received the local Police Athletic League Award. He is also the recipient of the Silver Beaver Award from the Central Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America.[clarification needed] In 1996 he was recognized[clarification needed] by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Officers. The local National Rifle Association chose him as their Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
Beary was appointed by (former) Governor Jeb Bush to co-chair the Florida Domestic Security Task Force (Region V) on terrorism.
He served on the FBI's Executive Advisory Team for Homeland Security. Beary was president of the Major County Sheriff's Association, Central Florida Criminal Justice Association and the Florida SWAT Association. He serves on the D.A.R.E. America Operations Advisory Committee[clarification needed] and is past chairman of the National Police Board of G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training). Beary was selected by the American Society for Industrial Security as a member of the Society's International Standing Council on Global Terrorism.[clarification needed]
After Beary's election in 1992, Marianne Scholer, a former top-ranking woman in the Orange County Sheriff's Office was demoted and reclassified from major to lieutenant. She accused Sheriff Kevin Beary of sexual discimination and filed a law suit which was settled in 1995 against a payment of $76,250.
In 2004 and 2005, Beary was accused of corruption by a former subordinate turned political rival in the 2004 sheriff's race and a local television news station. This resulted in an audit of homeland security spending by his department. Beary was later cleared of any wrongdoing by a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation. On April 20, 2007 the Florida Ethics Commission found probable cause to believe that Beary violated Florida Ethics laws as a result of his involvement in his homeland security business and filed four counts against him. Beary is being prosecuted by the Florida Attorney General's Office and was to face trial on October 24, 2007 before a State of Florida Division of Administrative Hearings Judge on Case # 07-001820EC where Beary could have faced penalties up to removal from office. In July 2009 Beary pleaded guilty to violating Florida ethics laws. He was fined a total of $20,000 and ordered to have no business relationship with the company he started using tax dollars and public employees for three years and given a public reprimand and censure by the Governor of Florida.
In 2008, Beary had decided not to run for a fifth term as Orange County Sheriff and left office on January 5, 2009. During the general election for his successor, Beary endorsed Jerry Demings, a Democrat. Demings won the election and relieved Beary in a ceremony on January 5, 2009.
- Klatt, Kelly (April 11, 2010). "VETERAN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND TERRORISM EXPERT JOINS ORLANDO, FLA.-BASED PROFESSIONAL SECURITY CONSULTING FIRM". Center for Security Solutions. Center for Security Solutions, Inc. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
- Tom Leithauser, Demoted Woman Accuses Beary Of Sexual Bias, Orlando Sentinel, December 23, 1993 http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1993-12-23/news/9312230747_1_demotion-beary-scholer
- Tom Leithauser, Sheriff Settles Sexism Lawsuit, Orlando Sentinel September 20, 1995 http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1995-09-20/news/9509200332_1_scholer-sheriff-kevin-beary-sheriff-office
- "Sheriff Kevin Beary May Have Violated Ethics Codes". CFNews13. February 1, 2007. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-02.
- "Florida AP News Story Beary cleared". AP. October 15, 2005. Retrieved 2007-03-24.