Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw is recovering from heart surgery

Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw is recovering and has started physical therapy after undergoing two heart surgeries, according to a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.

Bradshaw, 73, was hospitalized on April 26 for treatment for a heart condition. He then underwent surgery and another on May 13. Teri Barbera did not provide any details about her condition.

“Doctors have confirmed that the procedure (from May 13) was successful. He is in good condition and his recovery is going better than expected. He has started physical therapy to hasten his return to normal life,” according to the press release issued by his office.

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According to Barbera, Bradshaw receives regular briefings and is able to review information and guide his team. He is receiving excellent medical care and expects to return to work soon, she said.

On April 26, Bradshaw’s office said he was at a local hospital “after undergoing a successful medical procedure.” Doctors then reported that the operation had been a success and expected him to make a full recovery.

A week later, on the advice of his doctors, Bradshaw decided to have a second operation, according to his press office.

Bradshaw, who defeated former captain and retired veteran Lauro Diaz in the 2020 general election, was first elected as a nonpartisan sheriff in 2004.

If Bradshaw stays on for the full four-year term through 2024, he will earn the title of senior sheriff in the county. Sheriff Richard Wille, who was first elected in 1976 and retired midway through his fifth term, served 18 years.

It oversees 4,000 staff and 4,300 volunteers with an operating budget of $620 million. PBSO serves unincorporated Palm Beach County and seven cities and towns.

Mike Diamond is a reporter for the Palm Beach Post, part of the USA TODAY Florida Network. It covers county government and transportation. You can reach him at [email protected]. Help support local journalism. Subscribe today.