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Pasco sheriff's vacancy draws five more candidates

Several current and former law enforcement officers have thrown their hats in the ring to replace retiring Pasco Sheriff Bob White, bringing the crowded field of contenders to nine.

Jeff Deremer, a 40-year-old probation officer who ran for Pasco sheriff in 2008, filed paperwork this week asking Gov. Rick Scott to appoint him to the post when White retires April 30. Deremer lost the Democratic primary to former Sheriff's Office commander Kim Bogart, 58 — who has also applied for the vacancy. Deremer ended up endorsing White in the general election.

The four other new applicants are:

• Kerry O'Connor, 47, a former Pasco sergeant who left the agency in 2003 to practice law. She has maintained ties to the Sheriff's Office by representing deputies in disciplinary cases.

• Wayne Chaffin, 47, a Pasco resident who has worked for the Tampa Police Department since 1996.

• Michael Foxx, 65, who retired in 2002 as a sergeant from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

• Franklin E. Baker Jr., 48, who has served as a Hillsborough sheriff's captain since 1981.

All are Republicans.

The list of applicants already included Pasco sheriff's Maj. Brian Head, 46, who oversees Pasco's detention center; Maj. Chris Nocco, 35, who oversees the law enforcement operations of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office and served as an aide to former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio (now a U.S. senator); and Roger Joseph Fortney, 58, who served as a Pasco sheriff's corporal from 1989 to 2009. All are registered Republicans.

White, 60, who was elected to a third term in 2008, announced two weeks ago that he would retire April 30 to spend more time with his granddaughter.

The sheriff's annual salary is $145,856.

Pasco sheriff's vacancy draws five more candidates 03/31/11 [Last modified: Friday, April 1, 2011 11:55am]
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