FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Outgoing Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti unexpectedly said goodbye to a packed house at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts Thursday.
"It's been an honor and a privilege to serve as your sheriff the past five years," Lamberti told those who attended a ceremony honoring several BSO employees.
Lamberti thanked his employees, command staff and public for their hard work and loyalty -- but never mentioned the election.
"I'm proud and I know you're proud of what we accomplished, and integrity, we've done it with integrity, because as I've said, if you don't have your integrity, you don't have anything," he said. "We should never ever forget the sacrifice of all of our fallen heroes. As an agency, we must never forget."
Lamberti rose through the ranks of BSO and was appointed sheriff in 2007 by then Florida Gov. Charlie Crist. He was reelected in 2008.
"I wish you all much success, and I want to leave you with four things: one, stay committed to your family; two, stay true to your oath; number three, stay focused on your job; and number four, please, stay safe," said Lamberti.
Lamberti told Local 10 Crime Specialist John Turchin it was bittersweet.
It's family, so it's bittersweet, but I know that's the process," said Lamberti.
Scott Israel will be sworn in on Jan. 8th.
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