NEW PORT RICHEY — Maj. Chris Nocco, who oversees the law enforcement operations of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, has thrown his hat in the ring for the top cop job.
Nocco said he has filed his application with the governor's office for the sheriff vacancy that will be created when Bob White retires April 30.
"It's a terrific organization," Nocco said Thursday. "Sheriff White has laid a great foundation for us, and I hope to build upon it and excel."
Nocco, 35, joined the Sheriff's Office in 2009, and was promoted earlier this month to a top command position. His previous jobs include chief of staff at the Florida Highway Patrol and aide to then-House of Representatives speaker (now U.S. senator) Marco Rubio.
Other applicants for the sheriff's job include Maj. Brian Head, 46, who directs operations at the county jail, and Roger Joseph Fortney, 58, who served as a corporal in the Pasco County Sheriff's Office from 1989 to 2009.