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A Broward sheriff’s commander who has drawn scrutiny over her agency’s response to the Parkland school shooting will be replaced, the city said Thursday.
Capt. Jan Jordan, who has led the Parkland district since last year, was the sheriff’s incident commander at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High on Feb. 14, the day a gunman killed 17 and wounded 17 others.
According to records released last week, a Coral Springs deputy fire chief repeatedly asked Jordan for permission to send his medics inside the school but was rebuffed. At the time, the shooter hadn’t been caught, and only a handful of specially trained SWAT paramedics were in the school. Jordan kept telling the deputy fire chief she’d have to check before letting more medics enter, he said. By the time the whole building was deemed safe for them to enter, there was no need — everyone had already been brought out by police or was dead.
Broward County Commissioner Michael Udine, who represents Parkland, had strong words for Jordan. “When there are reports of incident commanders being unable to make real-time decisions, changes have to take place,” he said Thursday. “While no one is responsible for the crime besides the shooter, these continuous reports of failure in the system are extremely troubling and must be addressed.” Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky said Parkland residents “deserve the highest level of public safety possible and that’s what is important to us.” She didn’t comment further.