NEW PORT RICHEY — For the second week in a row, a top staffer at the Pasco County Sheriff's Office has resigned.
On Wednesday, Steve Blumenthal, the 57-year-old director of the agency's child protective investigations unit, turned in a letter of resignation. He said his departure was "due to personal reasons" and gave no other explanation. His last day will be Oct. 14, though Wednesday was his last day in the office. He is using vacation time until his end date.
On the prior Wednesday, Sept. 14, Maj. Maurice Radford announced his retirement. The 49-year-old served in Sheriff Chris Nocco's command staff and had been in charge of all road patrol deputies in the county.
Both Blumenthal and Radford were hired in 2001 by former Sheriff Bob White. Blumenthal, a New York native, previously worked as a program administrator for the Florida Department of Children and Families in Ocala and then Tampa before coming to Pasco. His annual salary at the Sheriff's Office was $84,198.40.
Nocco issued a statement to the Times on Radford's and Blumenthal's resignations:
"As with all aspects of life, change is a constant and success is based in the ability to continue to move forward in a positive direction," Nocco wrote. "We thank them both for their service to our community and wish them all the best in their future endeavors."
Capt. Joseph Frontz, 55, will take on Radford's duties, and Lindsay Faroni, 31, will be acting director of the CPI unit until Nocco decides what to do with the positions permanently. Faroni was hired May 16 as the agency's general counsel. Sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said Faroni will perform both jobs, as general counsel and CPI director, for the time being.
Blumenthal did not immediately return a call for comment Friday.
Times researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this story. Erin Sullivan can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 869-6229.