Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey Receives Endorsement of 18th Judicial Circuit Public Defender Blaise Trettis
By Space Coast Daily // September 8, 2020
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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey received an endorsement from Blaise Trettis, Public Defender for the 18th Judicial Circuit in Brevard and Seminole counties.
Alton Edmond, a Democrat, will face Ivey, a Republican, in the General Election on Nov. 3 in a match-up for Brevard County Sheriff.
Edmond, 31, announced his candidacy on June 9 to challenge Ivey, who was first elected in 2012 and reelected uncontested in 2016.
“I am extremely humbled to receive the endorsement of our Public Defender and Constitutional Officer, Blaise Trettis,” said Ivey.
“I have had the distinct pleasure to work with Blaise over the last seven and a half years on many programs that continue to make Brevard County a safe place to call home.”
Trettis was elected Public Defender for the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit for Brevard and Seminole counties in 2012.
He graduated from the University of Florida with honors with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and then went on to graduate from the Stetson University College of Law.
In 1987, Trettis moved to Brevard County where he took a job as an assistant public defender.
Public Defender Blaise Trettis Endorsement of Wayne Ivey:
“I strongly endorse Sheriff Wayne Ivey in the election for Brevard County Sheriff. Sheriff Ivey has the highest qualification for the Office of Sheriff, having held positions in nearly every aspect of law enforcement in his forty-year career as a law enforcement officer. Public safety in Brevard County has increased significantly under Sheriff Ivey’s leadership as Sheriff for the last almost eight years with the crime rate declining by an amazing 33 percent.
The opponent in the Sheriff race, criminal defense attorney Alton Edmond, has no law enforcement experience, is only 31 years old, has been a lawyer for only six years and has no executive experience running a business or a government office.
“As the elected public defender, I had to fire Alton Edmond when he was an assistant public defender in 2017 because of Edmond’s multiple acts of serious misconduct and bad judgment which included Edmond leaving his loaded pistol on his office desk when he went to court and for secretly recording attorney colleagues and posting the secret recording on his Facebook page.
Incredibly, in June 2020, Edmond posted on his Facebook page that the looting and violence of the riots that happened in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a necessary evil. These beliefs of Alton Edmond, which is difficult to fathom coming from a candidate for Sheriff, should disqualify Edmond from consideration as Brevard County Sheriff.
Space Coast Daily contacted Edmond for comment on Trettis’ endorsement of Ivey, who said:
“He (Trettis’) endorses a man that is actively spending thousands of taxpayer dollars to cover up the heinous death and mistreatment of a decorated Army veteran who was under Ivey’s care and custody. As Sheriff, I will maintain the utmost accountability and transparency to ensure justice is afforded to all people.”
Trettis, for his part, was more expansive in explaining the details of his endorsement of Ivey and firing of Edmond:
“I included the circumstances of my February 2017 firing of then assistant public defender Alton Edmond in my endorsement of Sheriff Wayne Ivey in the election for Brevard County Sheriff because I believe that it is important that the public know the extent of Mr. Edmond’s bad judgment and irresponsibility.
At the time of his firing in 2017, Mr. Edmond complained to the media that his firing was because he wore a “Black Lives Matter” necktie to court. Mr. Edmond’s wearing of the Black Lives Matter necktie in the courtroom was an example of his bad judgment, but it was not a factor in his firing.
Mr. Edmond wore the Black Lives Matter necktie to court in November of 2016. Mr. Edmond was not fired until February 2017 after there had been an accumulation of serious acts of misconduct which started with Mr. Edmond secretly recording his attorney colleagues and posting this secret recording on his Facebook page.
This happened on October 28, 2016. The attorneys who were secretly recorded were discussing politics, and the presidential election in particular. Mr. Edmond tried to explain the secret recording, which was or was close to being illegal, by saying that he was only recording himself and that others were recorded while he was recording himself.
However, Mr. Edmond was not saying anything while recording himself so that he could secretly record the conversation of the people who were near him. Mr. Edmond quickly deleted his secret recording from his Facebook page when he was asked to do so by another attorney in the office who told Mr. Edmond that the recorded people felt that there was a serious breach of privacy by him doing what he did.
On December 2, 2016, Mr. Edmond left his fully loaded with bullet-in-chamber 9 millimeter Glock semi-automatic pistol on his desk when he went to court for hours. A secretary doing her job saw the pistol on top of his desk in plain view. The secretary notified an investigator in the office who took possession of the gun and removed the bullets.
When Mr. Edmond returned from court hours later, I called him into my office and admonished him for his irresponsibility and informed him that as punishment his salary was reduced $1,000 effective December 1, 2020.
At that time, I took the opportunity to admonish Mr. Edmond for wearing his Black Lives Matter necktie in the courtroom, which I had learned of a day or two prior. I told Mr. Edmond that political messages like Black Lives Matter have no place in the courtroom, that they cannot be worn in the courtroom, and that he was not allowed to wear such a necktie in the courtroom.
On December 3, 2016, Mr. Edmond gave me a hand-written letter in which he apologized for irresponsibly leaving his gun on his desk in plain view and apologized for wearing his Black Lives Matter necktie in the courtroom.
On February 1, 2017, an unknown person left on my office desk print-outs of Alton Edmond’s Facebook posts that were posted during working hours on January 31, 2017 and February 1, 2017.
Mr. Edmond’s first Facebook post complained that his right to freedom of expression has been restricted and that he lives with racism every day, “except today they don’t throw rocks but they complain to the boss because you got the best of them in a conversation about why the Black Lives Matter Movement exists.
The second Facebook post that was posted by Mr. Edmond during work hours said, “The shame in the world that we live in is that some people are stronger advocates for unborn fetuses than they are for the people that they see, live around and work with everyday. I mean if you’re pro-life, you should be pro life for the fetus as much as your (sic) are for the dude who can’t wear dread locks or a black lives matter tie to work without being discriminated against. Just my thoughts . . . “
Another matter that factored into my firing of Alton Edmond was that Mr. Edmond made short promotional films which were filmed in his office promoting his side-business called Edmond Inspiration, which is an inspirational speaking business of Alton Edmond’s. Using a government office to promote a private business is not allowed and is another example of the bad judgment of Alton Edmond.
The accumulation of these serious acts of misconduct by Alton Edmond caused me to fire him in February 2017. Mr. Edmond, upon his firing, contacted the local media to complain that he had been fired for wearing his Black Lives Matter necktie.
The above explanation shows that Mr. Edmond was fired for multiple acts of serious misconduct, irresponsibility, and bad judgment.
A few days after his firing, Alton Edmond and about 30 people held a protest over his firing at the public defender office at which the crowd loudly yelled “Black Lives Matter, No Justice No Peace” for about an hour during the afternoon. This Black Lives Matter protest was baseless. The above description of the reasons for my firing of Alton Edmond shows that his firing had nothing to do with him being a black man.
In my endorsement of Sheriff Ivey in the election for Brevard County Sheriff, I also write about the fact that in June of 2020, just days before Mr. Edmond qualified as a candidate for Sheriff, Mr. Edmond said on his Facebook page that violence and looting are “necessary evils” done in the riots following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Mr. Edmond also posted around the same time that, “ If you value businesses more than you value the life of a Black man, you might as well be honest about who you are and join the klan. I mean, it’s not like they don’t have room for like minded souls . . . “. With this post was a KKK recruitment flyer of a person in a Ku Klux Klan robe and KKK insignia which said, “The KKK Wants You!”
I referenced these Facebook posts by Alton Edmond in my endorsement of Sheriff Ivey because I believe that the public should know of the belief system of the Democrat candidate for Sheriff and because I believe that these beliefs of Alton Edmond should disqualify him from consideration as a candidate for Brevard County Sheriff.”
The Brevard County Sheriff is the lead law enforcement officer on the Space Coast, a position that supervises, directs and manages more than 1,600 employees and volunteers.
Included in the responsibilities of the Brevard County Sheriff, who currently manages a $140 million budget, are the county jail, courthouse security, animal services as well as the Port Canaveral law enforcement and security. The Brevard County Sheriff’s salary is $163,000 a year.
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