Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Hernando sheriff's manager quits; she didn't give drug tests

BROOKSVILLE — The human resources manager at the Hernando County Sheriff's Office has resigned after it was revealed she had failed to conduct the agency's random drug-screening tests for employees for almost two years.

Christine Libengood, 36, who had worked at the Sheriff's Office since 1995, gave notice of her resignation March 18. She had been manager of the human resources department since 2001.

The 22-month lapse in employee drug testing was uncovered when a deputy resigned March 6 after admitting to superiors that he had recently smoked marijuana. Deputy Patrick Craven had been involved in a car crash that day and was given a drug test, which is Sheriff's Office policy.

When advised that a second drug test would be given, Craven declined to take the test and immediately quit the force. There was no indication that Craven was impaired at the time of the crash or during the investigation.

Later, Sheriff Richard Nugent asked Libengood to produce a list of employees who had been tested; policy requires a minimum of 10 percent and a maximum of 25 percent of "safety-sensitive" employees be randomly tested during a fiscal year. Libengood told Nugent that she couldn't come up with a list, sheriff's spokeswoman Donna Black said.

"She couldn't produce one because she hadn't been doing them," Black said Monday.

Black said the department has reviewed the policy and already taken measures to make sure there are no more lapses. She also said supervisors who had concerns about particular employees have always had the ability to conduct random tests.

"We were safeguarded beyond random drug testing," Black said. "Our agency goes above and beyond taking effective measures to make sure the public is safe."

Libengood couldn't be immediately reached for comment.

Joel Anderson can be reached at or 754-6120.
Man, 23, arrested
in fatal August crash

BROOKSVILLE — A 23-year-old Dade City man faces charges of vehicular homicide and reckless driving stemming from a crash in Citrus County in August that left a construction worker dead and another man seriously injured.

Joshua Church of 32262 Marchmont Circle in Dade City was arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol and booked into the Hernando County Jail on Sunday. He remained behind bars Monday in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Authorities said Church plowed through construction barricades while heading north on U.S. 19, near U.S. 98, about 11:45 a.m. Aug. 7. Church's Ford Taurus through orange barrels and hit the two men working behind them.

Christopher Sloan, 37, of Morriston died at the scene. Robert Nell, 30, of Belleview sustained serious injuries. Church was not hurt.

After an FHP investigation, Church was arrested at his home. He also has a warrant in Citrus County on other charges.

Church has been arrested at least four other times in Hernando County. He was found guilty of burglary of a structure in August 2003 and was sentenced to four years' probation.

Hernando sheriff's manager quits; she didn't give drug tests 03/31/08 [Last modified: Friday, April 4, 2008 5:16pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Trump controversies continue to take toll on Mar-a-Lago


    President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club continues to lose business in light of his controversial remarks on race and violence.

  2. Taylor Swift ends intrigue, announces new album in November


    Yes, Taylor Swift fans, Wednesday was a lucky one for you.

    This cover image released by Big Machine shows art for her upcoming album, "reputation," expected Nov. 10.
  3. Taking heat from some for Charlottesville remarks, Rubio denounces the 'other side'


    Sen. Marco Rubio, who has come under fire for not denouncing the “Antifa,” did so in a speech last night in Florida, bemoaning people “on the other side of the political spectrum who …

    Marco Rubio on the campaign trail in 2015
  4. How to make a Strawberry Banana Smoothie


    Don't enjoy breakfast but need to get something in your stomach? Cranky around 3 p.m. and need a jolt of energy? Have trouble getting your daily recommended fruit servings? This smoothie is the cure for all of that and more. It's become my morning go-to. The secret ingredient here is kefir, a probiotic product that's …

    Strawberry Banana Smoothie. Photo by Michelle Stark, Times food editor.