Sheriff Candidates At Wellington Chamber Lunch

The Wellington Chamber of Commerce will host a “meet the candidates” luncheon Wednesday, July 18 at the Wanderers Club. This luncheon will offer chamber members and guests the opportunity to meet the candidates running for Palm Beach County Sheriff: incumbent Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and challengers Joe Talley and Cleamond Lee Walker.

Bradshaw is a career law enforcement professional responsible for leading the largest law enforcement agency in Palm Beach County. He has been in law enforcement for more than 40 years. Bradshaw rose through the ranks of the West Palm Beach Police Department and in 1996 was appointed chief of police. On Jan. 4, 2005, Bradshaw was sworn in as sheriff.

Talley has been involved in law enforcement and criminal justice for many years and sees a tremendous need for reform and change in the county. He wants to be certain that the people working for the PBSO can focus and direct their full attention to the safety of county residents and wants to ensure there is fairness and integrity within the leadership of the agency. Talley wants to focus on the following areas of concern: promotions, assignments, transfers, internal issues and fiscal matters. As sheriff, Talley said he will invite oversight by the Palm Beach County Commission and by the Office of the Inspector General.

Walker is on his fourth run for sheriff. A Riviera Beach resident, he is a truck driver for Waste Management.

A fourth candidate, Kevin Patrick Coleman, did not respond to the chamber’s requests to attend.

The event will sell out, so the chamber recommends getting your reservation in early. There will be no walk-ins allowed at this event. The cost to attend the luncheon is $20 for chamber members with an RSVP and $30 for nonmembers and the general public. Registration will be held at 11:30 a.m., and the luncheon begins promptly at noon. Sponsorship tables and sponsor opportunities are still available. Tickets can be purchased by calling the chamber or by visiting its web site at

For further information on attending this or any future Wellington Chamber of Commerce event, or for general information about the chamber, call (561) 792-6525.