In an optimistic speech marking the official start of his new term as Palm Beach County state attorney, Dave Aronberg hinted at some changes he’ll make to “repair” what he described as a broken system.
The common theme of his message was “new relationships.”
“I truly believe that the best days lay ahead for this office,” he said of the relationship he’s forming with his staff. During his campaign, Aronberg said improving office morale would be one of his priorities if he won office.
He praised Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and his law enforcement team and elicited laughter when he talked of the first “middle of the night” crime scene he was called to.
“From now on, I’ll make sure you have the right phone number, Sheriff,” Aronberg said, promising it would connected to the special “bat phone” Bradshaw jokingly mentioned earlier in his own speech.
Aronberg struck a serious note in pledging a strong relationship with all of Palm Beach County’s police chiefs going forward.
But Aronberg said one of the most important changes he’ll institute involves building a new relationship with the statewide prosecutor’s office. Tapping the strength of connections he’s formed throughout his political and law enforcement careers, Aronberg said he expects to see a spirit of cooperation between state, county and federal offices that were once in competition with one another. Palm Beach County’s eager top prosecutor said he looks forward to putting “the state back in state attorney.”