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Parkland names pad Ron DeSantis’ public safety panel

Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis is enlisting the aid of five people with close ties to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting to help shape the new administration’s public-safety policy.

The panel names as advisers Andy Pollack and Hunter Pollack, respectively father and brother of Meadow Pollack, who was killed during the Feb. 14 massacre in Parkland.

Ryan Petty, whose daughter Alaina Petty was killed at Stoneman Douglas, also is denoted on DeSantis’ Transition Advisory Committee on Public Safety.

Another Parkland-related panel member is Kyle Kashuv, a 17-year-old student at Stoneman Douglas known for his conservative stance on gun rights.

Max Schachter, whose son Alex Schachter was killed in the shooting, also is on the committee panel. Max Schachter was encouraged to run but ultimately declined to enter the race to replace outgoing Democratic state Rep. Jared Moskowitz, who DeSantis last week picked to lead the Division of Emergency Management.

These Parkland affiliates are joined by more than 45 “experts, including members of the law enforcement community, experts in the public safety field, members of the armed services, veterans, and school safety advocates in our state,” according to the DeSantis transition team.

Andy and Hunter Pollack are vocal supporters of DeSantis. Andy Pollack endorsed DeSantis and eventually cut a robocall for the former Congressman that criticized Andrew Gillum, DeSantis’ Democratic opponent in the gubernatorial race.  

Hunter Pollack, a second-year political science major at Florida State University, spent time in Tallahassee and in Broward County as a campaign trail surrogate for DeSantis.

Ryan Petty and Max Schachter sit on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, which is scheduled to meet in Tallahassee Wednesday morning.

Absent from the panel are the Parkland kids and parents who have advocated for stricter gun control nationwide. Fred Guttenberg who supported Gillum, won’t have DeSantis’ ear on public safety. Nor will Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg, who were students at Stoneman Douglas during the massacre and have advocated for measures like a nationwide assault-weapons ban.

The panel will be chaired by Kent Stermon, COO of Total Military Management, a third-party service provider to clients like the Department of Defense.

A complete list of panel members provided by the DeSantis transition team appears below:

Alan Abramowitz; Executive Director, Guardian ad Litem 

Tim Albright; Retired Captain, Florida Department of Corrections

Pam Alvarez; President & CEO, BAYS and Former Chair, Florida Juvenile Justice Association

Jeff Bell; President, Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association

Sheriff (Ret.) Susan Benton; Highlands County

Christy Brodeur; Former Secretary, Florida’s Department of Juvenile Justice

Candice Brower; Regional Counsel, Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, 1st DCA Region

Adam Clampitt; President, The District Communications Group

Linda Cox; CEO, Cox Fire Protection

Darryl Daniels; Clay County

Bob Davis; Senior Marketing and Sales Leader/National Director of Operations Business Development and Growth, Verizon

Mayor Carlos Gimenez; Miami-Dade County

Lt. Commander Hector Delgado; Retired Navy SEAL and Former Law Enforcement Officer and Founder, ASR Alert Systems  

Sheriff Tommy Ford: Bay County

Commissioner Graham Fountain; Chair, Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners, District 1

Sheriff (Ret.) Emery Gainey; Marion County

Stacy Gromatski; President & CEO, Florida Network of Youth and Family Services

Paula Hoisington; Vice President, Net Communications

Sheriff Mark Hunter; Columbia County and President, Florida Sheriff’s Association

Sheriff Wayne Ivey; Brevard County

Sheriff Grady Judd; Polk County  

Kyle Kashuv; Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Student

John Kazanjian; President, Florida Police Benevolent Association

Mike Kirby; Chairman, Florida Association of State Troopers

Bryan Kocher; Executive Vice President of Operations, Williams Communications

Alan Landman; Attorney, Alan H. Landman, P.A.

Doug Leonardo; Chair, Florida Behavioral Health Association

Brad Livingston; Former CEO & CFO, Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Commissioner Rod Love; Board of County Commissioners, Orange County, District 2

Mary Marx; President & CEO, Pace Center for Girls

Bernie McCabe; State Attorney, Pinellas and Pasco Counties

Patrick Miller; President, Invictus

Sheriff Chris Nocco; Pasco County,  

Chief David Perry; President, Florida Police Chiefs Association and Chief of Police, Florida State University

Nick Peters; Founder & Managing Director, Armed Forces Families Foundation

Ryan Petty; Commissioner, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission

Andy Pollack; School Safety Advocate and Founder, Americans for CLASS

Hunter Pollack; School Safety Advocate  

Congressman John Rutherford;, U.S. House of Representatives and Sheriff (Ret.), Duval County

Max Schachter; Commissioner, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission

Dr. Derrick Schofield; Executive Vice President, GEO Continuum of Care and GEO Reentry Services

Sheriff (Ret.) Bob White; Pasco County  

Sheriff Mike Williams; Duval County  

Steve Zona; President, Fraternal Order of Police Jacksonville Lodge  

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Danny McAuliffe is a Tallahassee correspondent for Florida Politics. He is a graduate of Florida State University, where he served as the editor of the FSView & Florida Flambeau. He is a lifelong Floridian and indulges in swimming, hiking, running and memes when the news cycle permits. Reach him at dmcauliffe500@gmail.com.

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