Two men hope to fill in for retiring sheriff
A top official in retiring Sheriff Bob White's administration and a former Pasco County deputy who had planned to run for the office next year are both vying to be named White's temporary replacement. 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, each filed applications with Gov. Rick Scott to be appointed sheriff until the 2012 election. Head's application says he has worked for 24 years in corrections and law enforcement, including 18 years in supervisory roles. Fortney's application says he most recently worked as a corrections deputy in Hernando County and that he was once named law enforcement officer of the year in Pasco. White, 60, who served nearly three terms, announced his retirement last week, saying he wants to spend more time with his granddaughter. It has been speculated that he could be appointed to a post in Scott's administration. State Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, has said he might run for sheriff in 2012.
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Deputies to set up DUI checks Friday
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office will conduct a DUI checkpoint from 9 to 11 p.m. Friday at 6400 Massachusetts Ave. Deputies will be assisted by the New Port Richey and Port Richey police departments. After the checkpoint, the agencies will work together in a "wolf pack" traffic enforcement operation in the New Port Richey area.
Ex-Commissioner Cox will speak
Former County Commissioner Michael Cox will be the guest speaker at the West Pasco Democratic Club meeting at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Jasmine Lakes Civic Association, 7137 Jasmine Blvd. Lunch will be available at 12:30 p.m. for $6. All are welcome. For details, call club president Mike Unwin at (727) 459-2076.
Health fair will be at mall Saturday
The 25th annual Spring "Health and Heart" Health Fair will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the center court at Gulf View Square mall, 9409 U.S. 19. This free event will feature exhibits, information from health care professionals, hospital information, spinal adjustments, supplemental nutrient information and lots of giveaways. For more information, call (727) 825-0018.
The Chasco Children's Pageant is scheduled for April 2 at the Quality Inn and Suites, 5316 U.S. 19 N, New Port Richey. A different location is listed in the special Chasco Fiesta advertising section in today's paper.