What We Do
The Lodge was formed for the mutual welfare of law enforcement and correctional officers and the promotion of fraternal, charitable and social relations among its members, as well as the promotion of confidence, cooperation and harmony between this lodge and the general public and all public officials.
Who We Are
Established on October 20th, 1966, the Lodge was named in memory of Sergeant James S. Fogleman, of the Palm Beach County Sheriff?s Office, who lost his life in the line of duty on March 25th, 1963. Our volunteer Executive Staff has over 300 years of law enforcement and corrections experience combined.
Who We Represent
FOP Lodge #50 represents both sworn and non-sworn employees of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, as well as other agencies and municipalities. Retired officers are welcome to join. 24/7 Legal Aid is provided by the Florida State FOP Labor Council to actively employed members, including part-time or reserve officers and/or deputy sheriffs.
FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE ENDORSES FORMER PBSO CHIEF DEPUTY FOR PALM BEACH COUNTY SHERIFF
Contact: Michael Gauger
August 10, 2023
The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Jim Fogleman Lodge 50, Inc., has endorsed longtime Sheriff's Officer and former Chief Deputy Michael Gauger for Sheriff of Palm Beach County.
Gauger, a Republican, is challenging entrenched incumbent Ric Bradshaw (Democrat), who is seeking a sixth term.
The FOP has approximately 1,400 members in Palm Beach County and more than 356,000 members nationwide.
It is extremely rare that an incumbent Sheriff would not receive the unanimous endorsement of his own deputies. The fact that the FOP endorsed Bradshaw’s opponent speaks volumes about how respected Gauger was as Chief Deputy.
In their endorsement letter, local FOP President Luis Blasco said, “Your qualifications, leadership, career achievements, and dedication to the Palm Beach County community for over four decades was a major factor in the member’s decision. We look forward to working with you in the near future.”
In his distinguished decades-long career at the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Gauger earned promotions from Deputy to Detective, then Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Major, and Colonel, before being named Chief Deputy. Gauger served as PBSO’s second in command from 2005 until his retirement in 2021.
Gauger also has a long history of community involvement. He currently serves as an Advisory Board Member of the Comprehensive Alcoholism Rehabilitation Programs, Inc. (CARP), a Director and Past Chair of the Law Enforcement Assistance Foundation (LEAF), and a Trustee of the South Florida Fair Board, to name just a few.
"I am humbled that the brave men and women of law enforcement would honor me with their endorsement. As Sheriff, I will do everything I can to live up to the trust they’ve placed in me and to ensure the highest quality of service to the residents of Palm Beach County,” said Gauger.
For more information about Michael Gauger, visit his campaign website at www.gaugerforsheriff.com.
Paid by Michael Gauger, Republican for Palm Beach County Sheriff.
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