NEW PORT RICHEY
Lt. Law to oversee school discipline
The Pasco Sheriff's Office has put a new lieutenant in the School District's top resource officer position.
Lt. J.R. Law, who had worked for the division as a sergeant, took over the section Wednesday. He replaces Lt. Brian Prescott, who held the position for 15 months and now is headed to be a shift commander for the Sheriff's Office District 2.
"It's actually been a very smooth transition," Law told the Pasco Times. "We're just kind of handing off the torch and continuing on with what we're presently doing."
Law has spent much of his career dealing with children's issues, including a stint overseeing child protective investigations, and he welcomed a return to the schools unit. "This is a program I have a great deal of passion for," he said.
Prescott said he enjoyed his time with the School Board. "I felt like I got some stuff done," he said. Now he's ready for a new challenge.
Commission approves firefighters contract
Pasco firefighters officially have a contract for the current fiscal year after the County Commission approved a one-year collective bargaining agreement Tuesday.
Union members, who ratified the contract last month by a vote of 142 to 37, are giving up a merit increase for the current year, which began Oct. 1.
The union narrowly rejected a previous contract in September because it would have required members to give up six paid holidays. The final contract keeps their 10 paid holidays intact.
County firefighters are members of the International Association of Fire Fighters union.