Corcoran, Hawkes land jobs in Pasco
NEW PORT RICHEY — When Sheriff Bob White went to hire new attorneys and a public relations staffer recently, he didn't advertise the jobs, solicit applications or conduct a nationwide search.
Instead he hired three people he knew who have substantial political connections — locally and in the halls of state government. In recent weeks, White brought on:
• Timothy Couet, former campaign manager for state Sen. Mike Fasano, a White ally who is a powerful force in Tallahassee. Couet filled a newly created public relations position, writing for the Sheriff's Office Web site and newsletters.
• Jeremiah Hawkes, former general counsel for the Florida House of Representatives under Speaker Marco Rubio. Hawkes took over as White's staff attorney.
• Richard Corcoran, who was chief of staff to Rubio until resigning to run for the state Senate in 2007. He dropped out of that race and is now considering a run for the state House. Corcoran — another Fasano friend — is the sheriff's new contract attorney, representing the agency in employment and union matters.
White made no apologies for not opening the application process to the general public. (story here)