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