JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Action News is sitting down with the new FOP president to talk about the future.
Steve Amos was thrown into the position after the arrest of former president Nelson Cuba and former VP Robbie Freitas.
"Shock, that was my initial reaction," said Amos.
Amos started with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in 1981. On Monday, Amos sat down with Action News in his first interview since the arrests and his nomination. Now he has a lot to deal with. First on tap, the perception of FOP.
"Everyone seems to believe in us, the officers and integrity," said Amos.
With the arrest of two officers in the Allied Veterans of the World scandal, the agency got a black eye.
"FOP is still the FOP. We are not involved with the veterans," said Amos.
Amos says people can confuse FOP with the FOP Foundation, which now has a frozen account. Investigators say the foundation is where the money was being transferred to from illegal gambling.
It's not just perception Amos is dealing with. It's taxpayers' money and officers' futures. Cuba was a major player in negotiating the multi-million-dollar pension fund with the city. "We're still at an impasse. We may get called to go to an arbitrator, and mediation," said Amos.
While both sides don't have a future date to meet, Amos says they are prepared to work out a deal. "We've been on a committee and most of us are up to speed on this," said Amos.
As the investigation moves forward, Amos is trying to keep his eye on the future. "We're going to move forward with lodge business and taking care of officers cause that's what we do," said Amos.
His current term will run out in December, and another election will be held at that time.