"Gregory Tony will be a champion for Broward County who will work tirelessly to safeguard our schools and our streets while ensuring accountability within the Sheriff's office", DeSantis said in a statement.
Seventeen people were killed in the Parkland school shooting because Broward County deputies failed to do their jobs. By April, DeSantis told supporters he would have suspended Israel if he had been governor at the time of the shooting.
DeSantis, who was on the way to Fort Lauderdale for a press conference, was unharmed, his office said.
Calls to suspend the sheriff were immediate after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission released a report detailing the failures that happened the day of the shooting.
Israel said then he would not resign. Aside from court challenges, Israel has the right to challenge his suspension before the Florida Senate, which would hold a trial to uphold his dismissal or overturn it.
The previous Governor, multi-millionaire Rick Scott, got rid of the state jet as a cost-cutting move and traveled the state in his private plane.
"There was no wrongdoing on my part", Israel told reporters after he was removed from office.
Some parents of Stoneman Douglas victims and conservative state lawmakers began pushing for Israel's ouster shortly after the shooting when it was revealed that the Broward deputy assigned to guard the school, Scot Peterson, had not gone into the building to confront the shooter and his AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, but took cover outside.
"His expertise are in things like active shooters, defending schools", DeSantis said. Sheriff Israel repeatedly defended their actions and his own when asked about the failures by the investigating commission.
Sheriff Israel inserted the word "may" in the BSO policy, and it is insufficient and fails to unequivocally convey the expectation that deputies are expected to immediately enter an active assailant scene where gunfire is active and to neutralize the threat.
"One more second, and she [would have made] it into the stairwell", he said. There, an exhausted Israel told anchor Jake Tapper: "I have given fantastic leadership to this agency".
Israel had faced fierce criticism for almost a year over his agency's response to the rampage that claimed the lives of 14 students and three staff members.
Broward County Sheriff's Office training on active shooters was inadequate, according to the report, which recommended arming teachers and spending more on school security and mental health to prevent similar mass shootings.
"Sheriff Israel has been twice elected by Broward County residents", said Maj.