chaplaincy unit with an interfaith staff of 25 holy men and women.
He is also the Florida newspaper editor who in 2002 coined the term "atomic typos" for typos that spellcheck cannot see on computer platforms. See the Atomic Typo website here.
The imam is meant to help deputies understand the culture and to provide spiritual assistance to the county's 10,000 or so Muslims when needed. He also will provide spiritual comfort to non-Muslims.
Hanif, 64 and a married father of 5, is no stranger to the Florida county. For 22 years, he worked as a news ombudsman and editorial writer for The Palm Beach Post. He left the Post in 2008 to become a freelance writer and an Imam.