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October 13, 2014
Broward Sheriff's bodyguard admits taking steroids
Bryan Conroy Bryan Conroy, 42, the newly tapped bodyguard and driver for Broward Sheriff Scott Israel, admits once taking steroids, as a teenager, according to his background investigative report. Conroy was hired at the agency four months after the sheriff, a non-blood relative, took office last year. Israel and Conroy had known each other about 10 years, the sheriff says, because Conroy’s wife and the sheriff’s brother Ira Israel’s wife are sisters. (In my parlance, I call that the sheriff’s brother’s brother-in-law. But Israel says legally speaking, that doesn’t meet the definition. Whatever the term, it’s a non-blood family relation.) Conroy had applied at BSO the year before, in May 2012, under Sheriff Al Lamberti, but withdrew from the hiring process and went to work in July that year for Hollywood police department, where his performance was rated as “acceptable.” He was making $44,532 annually. Then, less than a year later, in April 2013, he left Hollywood and joined BSO, with his familial relation as the sheriff. Now he’s making $60,639.39. I requested and received his job application and background files for the BSO hiring. Here’s the background report. Some highlights: It shows that Conroy took steroids once in 1988, by his own admission. He was born in 1972. That would make him 16. He served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged for a “hardship” reason that is not stated. He’s a graduate of Coral Springs High School. He worked for Miami-Dade Police Department, Davie Police Department and Hollywood Police Department. He left Davie p.d. in 2007 “to pursue other income opportunities that better fulfill the needs of my family,” he wrote. He was earning $60,000. From then until 2012, other than a one-year stint as a reserve officer in Miami-Dade, he was selling and marketing wellness products under his company Conroy International Enterprises LLC, and earning between $18,000 and $24,000 a year, according to his job application. He received two written reprimands and four counseling notes at Miami-Dade P.D., for things like not appearing for a deposition. His files contained letters of commendation. His annual reviews were all satisfactory or better. He’s originally from New Jersey but now lives in Davie. His personal references and neighbor references gave favorable reviews. He applied to Fort Lauderdale and to Pembroke Pines police departments but was not hired. The sheriff’s former bodyguard and driver, Troy Wilkins, is on restrictive duty while he’s under investigation. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/broward-politics-blog/sfl-sheriffs-bodyguard-the-background-investigation-20141013-story.html