Wednesday, January 24, 2018
News Roundup

Pasco commissioners honor county administrator at 30-year mark

NEW PORT RICHEY — Between a presentation on growth management and a lien reduction request, County Commission Chairwoman Ann Hildebrand took a break at Tuesday's meeting to thank a longtime colleague and friend.

She asked for permission to consider an item that wasn't on the commission agenda — a resolution honoring John Gallagher, who marks 30 years as county administrator on Thursday.

Clerk of courts Paula O'Neil read the resolution in full. It ticked off a list of improvements on Gallagher's watch after he took over a rural county poised to explode with new residents.

A parks system. A library system. Central water and sewer. Improvements to major roads. Construction of the Suncoast Parkway.

"You always hear about local boy does well," said Gallagher, who moved to Pasco as a toddler and graduated from Saint Leo University. "Well, we've done pretty good. We've had a lot of good times, and we've brought this county gigantic leaps."

Gallagher, 65, thanked commissioners for supporting him after a critical Urban Land Institute report in 2008 said the county should overhaul its approach to planning and economic development. Those recommendations have formed the basis of several major policies, including the so-called "mobility fee" that seeks to funnel new growth to urban areas.

"This is probably the most exciting period of my tenure as county administrator," he said.

Gallagher is thought to be the longest-serving county administrator in Florida. He's also considered one of the most powerful local government officials in Tampa Bay. And he isn't afraid of lively discussions. According to a sly clause in the resolution, he inspires employees "to utilize their inside voices to professionally discuss difficult issues."

Gallagher received a standing ovation and posed for a photo with commissioners and nearly two dozen senior staffers. He spoke for a few minutes, and commissioners thanked him for his leadership.

Then they took up that lien reduction request. Said Hildebrand: "It's hard to go back to the agenda after this."

Lee Logan can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 869-6236.

Comments
Lightning beats Predators in overtime

Lightning beats Predators in overtime

NASHVILLE — Steven Stamkos’ celebration said it all.The Lightning captain delivered an emphatic fist pump after his rocket one-timer clanked in off the crossbar, tying the score with just over two minutes left at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday night. T...
Updated: 4 hours ago

High school scoreboard for Jan. 23

Tuesday’s scoreboardBoys basketballBoca Ciega 55, Canterbury 53Girls basketballBoca Ciega 65, Largo 19
Updated: 4 hours ago

Hernando sheriff: Shooter injures three; in standoff with SWAT

BROOKSVILLE — A shooter was on the loose Tuesday night after injuring three victims, according to Hernando Sheriff Al Nienhuis.The sheriff would not say if there were any fatalities.The Sheriff’s Office received a report about the at about 9 p.m. Dep...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Updated: 5 hours ago
Sheriff: Pasco man planned, then carried out neighbor’s execution

Sheriff: Pasco man planned, then carried out neighbor’s execution

HOLIDAY — A neighborhood dispute ended in gunfire when one neighbor executed another on Tuesday, deputies said, as the victim kneeled in his own front yard begging for his life.The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said the execution, which took place ju...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Career Q&A: Sharpen interview skills to overcome impression of shyness

Career Q&A: Sharpen interview skills to overcome impression of shyness

Q: At the end of a recent interview, the manager told me that I would not be getting the job. He said I wasn’t a good fit for the position because I was shy. As a naturally introverted person, I found this very discouraging. How can I avoid similar p...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Lawmakers call for additional investigations into Tampa Bay’s two CareerSource boards

Lawmakers call for additional investigations into Tampa Bay’s two CareerSource boards

Federal and state lawmakers are calling on Congress and the Florida House of Representatives to investigate whether two regional workforce centers inflated the number of people they helped find jobs. U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D–St. Petersburg, and sta...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Undersea quake causes fear of tsunami in Alaska; Kentucky teen kills 2 classmates in shooting; ex-gymnast tells Nassar: ‘You didn’t heal me. You only hurt me’; more in U.S. news

Undersea quake causes fear of tsunami in Alaska; Kentucky teen kills 2 classmates in shooting; ex-gymnast tells Nassar: ‘You didn’t heal me. You only hurt me’; more in U.S. news

AlaskaUndersea quake causes panicA powerful undersea earthquake sent Alaskans fumbling for suitcases and racing to evacuation centers in the middle of the night after a cellphone alert warned a tsunami could hit communities along the state’s southern...
Updated: 8 hours ago
MacDill crews shift from Islamic State battle to join winter fight against Taliban

MacDill crews shift from Islamic State battle to join winter fight against Taliban

Now that the fight against the largely defeated Islamic State is winding down, the U.S. Air Force is turning its efforts toward the Taliban and moving aircraft and crews to Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.Crews and a KC-135 Stratotanker aerial refue...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Deputies identify 11-month-old who drowned, no other details released

Deputies identify 11-month-old who drowned, no other details released

BRANDON — The 11-month-old girl who drowned in an apartment complex pond on Monday was identified as Deleah Morgan by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday.Deputies released no other details about the incident or the ongoing investigation....
Updated: 8 hours ago