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Pasco again seeks public safety chief



That didn’t last long.

A week after commissioners confirmed the appointment of Brian Head as assistant county administrator for public safety and administration, the county is re-opening its candidate search. Head, 50, the former chief deputy to Sheriff Chris Nocco, had been scheduled to start the $115,000-a-year position with the county on Dec. 14, but this week he withdrew his acceptance.

County Administrator Michele Baker said Thursday that Head declined the job after learning his father had been diagnosed with a terminal illness.

Head, who had held the rank of sheriff’s colonel, retired abruptly and without public explanation from the Sheriff’s Office in July 2013. He currently is an instructor and coordinator at the Pasco-Hernando State College police academy.

 Baker said the job vacancy likely would be posted Friday. The assistant county administrator for public safety oversees fire rescue, emergency management and the 911 communications center. The position became vacant in November after Randy TeBeest resigned to move closer to family members out of state.


[Last modified: Thursday, December 10, 2015 2:16pm]


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