Familiar face to head Pasco public safety
Brian Head, the former chief deputy of the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, is poised to return to public service as an assistant county administrator for public safety and administration. Confirmation of his appointment is scheduled to be considered Tuesday by the Pasco County Commission.
Head, 50, who had held the rank of colonel, retired abruptly and without public explanation from the Sheriff’s Office in July 2013, after serving as second in command under Sheriff Chris Nocco. Head retired immediately after leading the agency temporarily while Nocco had been out of town attending a law enforcement conference in Quantico, Va.
In announcing Head’s departure, Nocco issued a staff memorandum at the time stating:
“On behalf of the entire Pasco Sheriff’s Office, I would like to thank Colonel Brian Head for over a decade of outstanding service to our agency. He has been a leader in the law enforcement community for 27 years. It is with great sadness that we will see him retire from his position as the agency’s Chief Deputy. His commitment to the citizens of Pasco County and the members of this agency will be missed.”
Head’s hiring by County Administrator Michele Baker will put him in charge of the county’s Fire Rescue, emergency management and the 911 communications center that had been a target of earlier complaints from Nocco.
Head worked for the Florida Department of Corrections for 14 years, rising to the rank of senior inspector before joining the Pasco Sheriff’s Office in 2001. Head was a major in charge of the jail in 2011 when then-Sheriff Bob White retired midterm. Head sought the appointment from Gov. Rick Scott’s to complete the unfinished term, but Scott, instead, tapped Nocco who then named Head as his chief deputy.
As assistant county administrator, Head will succeed Randy TeBeest who resigned to move closer to family members out of state. Head will be paid an annual salary of $115,000 and his state date is Dec. 14.