NEW PORT RICHEY
Harrington to stay in place as police chief
Jeff Harrington, a former detective and 18-year veteran of the New Port Richey Police Department, was appointed Thursday as the department's chief. Harrington, 45, worked as a correctional officer for the state of Massachusetts and as a detention deputy with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office before the city department hired him as a patrol officer in 1992. He worked his way up as a traffic homicide investigator, line supervisor and lieutenant before being named interim chief after Martin Rickus' retirement in June. Harrington has a master's degree in organization and management from Norwich University, a military college in Vermont, and last year earned his Ph.D. in the same study from the online Capella University.
PHCC trustees elect officers
Judy Parker has been elected chairwoman of the Pasco-Hernando Community College board of trustees for the third time since she first joined in 1999. She succeeds Deborah Kilgore, a retired banker who had served on the board since 2005 but recently announced she was moving to north Georgia. Parker is a residential property appraiser with Congress Street Realty/Appraisals, past president of the New Port Richey Rotary Club and a member of the Community Redevelopment Agency advisory board for the city of New Port Richey. Also elected unanimously at the July 20 trustees meeting was Jeanne M. Gavish, who will serve as vice chairwoman. Gavish, of Brooksville, is a real estate broker who was the 2005 chairwoman of the Greater Hernando Chamber of Commerce. She currently serves on the Professional Standards Committee for the Hernando County Board of Realtors and the Education Committee for the West Pasco Board of Realtors. Gavish has served on the college board since April 1999 and has twice been chairwoman.
Puppies available at Saturday event
The SPCA Suncoast will have 20 puppies available for adoption from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the shelter at 7734 Congress St. Most of the puppies are lab mixes and hound mixes ranging in age from 8 weeks to about 4 1/2 months. The SPCA took them from another animal organization in the Panhandle that was overwhelmed with puppies. The event Saturday will also include a cookout with grilled hamburgers, chips and a drink for $5. Call the SPCA at (727) 849-1048.