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2 more hopefuls emerge in bid to become Hernando sheriff

BROOKSVILLE — The number of applicants seeking to finish Hernando Sheriff Richard Nugent's term now stands at 10 as two more candidates emerged Monday.

Scot Middleton, 49, worked at the Tampa Police Department from 1986 to 1997, retiring as a corporal due to an on-the-job injury, according to an application submitted to Gov. Charlie Crist's office. Middleton is an operations manager for the Tampa Tribune. He has been with the paper since 1999.

Nicholas Piccinich, 55, is owner and president of Bissino Construction in Spring Hill, according to his application. He previously was a building inspector for both Hernando County and the Hernando County School District. His law enforcement experience is six months as a police officer with the Port St. Lucie Police Department in 1990.

Nugent, a Republican, was elected last month to the 5th Congressional District seat held by Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite. His resignation is effective Dec. 31, and he has recommended that Crist appoint his operations Chief Mike Maurer, 47, to serve the last two years of his term. The salary for the position is $128,352.

The other seven applicants:

• Don Barbee, 42, an assistant state attorney in charge of the Brooksville office.

• Peter Federico, a 45-year-old major crimes detective with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

• Eddie McConnell, 57, who worked at the Hernando Sheriff's Office for more than two decades and is now a lieutenant with the Groveland Police Department.

• Brian Moore, a 67-year-old health care consultant and peace activist from Spring Hill.

• Al Nienhuis, 46, who has served for nearly a decade as the undersheriff in Pasco County.

• Michael "Rick" Singer, 51, resident agent in charge of the Brooksville field office of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

• Robert "Bobby" Sullivan, 49, who retired from the Pasco Sheriff's Office as a captain in 2007 and is now executive director of public safety for Saint Leo University.

2 more hopefuls emerge in bid to become Hernando sheriff 12/06/10 [Last modified: Monday, December 6, 2010 9:13pm]

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