It was reportedly Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow died in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre, that recommended Tony.
"I'm not a scientist, but I know what I can do and that's do everything I can to protect the environment", said Scott.
He added: "Today he merely fulfilled a campaign promise".
A state commission investigating the massacre recently concluded Israel's changes to the department's active shooter policy may have contributed to some deputies' inaction during the school shooting. Still, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, the commission's chairman, and other law enforcement officials on the panel have said they didn't think Israel should be suspended.
"This was about politics, not about Parkland", Israel told reporters.
"Let's understand the suspension for what it really is: a massive political power grab by the governor", he said.
"The response from those that had a responsibility to make sure our kids and our teachers were safe have still not recognized the mistakes that were made that day and tried to change them", he said. The state Senate has the power to permanently remove a sheriff from office. Israel also came under fire for his public statements after the shooting, in which he said he had provided "amazing leadership" and downplayed reports that his deputies had disregarded multiple tips that the shooter, Nikolas Cruz, was a potential threat.
But Israel has consistently defended his deputies and his own role in the tragic events, resisting repeated calls for his resignation.
"There is one individual who is responsible for the massacre of February 14, and that is Nikolas Cruz, and that is the only person that should be held responsible", the lawyer said. "But in every situation we can always identify things that could be done better.it does not in any way rise to the level to single out Sheriff Israel and hold him accountable for what happened".
While with the department Tony started Blue Spear Solutions, a company focused on active shooter training and response, including efforts to train civilians on "Stop the Bleed" techniques.
Tony tried to reassure sheriff's office employees, the families and the community as he takes over a troubled agency with 5,000 employees and 3,000 deputies.