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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)

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 7:26pm]


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