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More personnel changes at the Pasco Sheriff's Office

NEW PORT RICHEY — More personnel changes rippled through the Sheriff's Office on Thursday.

Capt. Sandra Reed, who joined the agency in 1973, followed three others who retired after being told this week that the agency is going in a new direction.

Reed, 57, was head of the agency support division over communications, data services, property evidence and court process. She earned $98,411.

On Wednesday, Captains Skip Stone and Jim Driscoll left, along with longtime attorney Mike Randall.

Sheriff Bob White chalked up the moves to saving money and serving residents.

"It's not about the individual," he said. "We don't look back, we look forward."

In the cost-saving column, White said he is doing away with the agency's law enforcement accreditation and the position that oversees it.

The Sheriff's Office has both state and national accreditation for detention and law enforcement, which is a kind of peer review of policies and procedures.

But it's a costly feather in the cap, requiring renewal every three years and staffing to maintain records.

"It's an expensive endeavor and our goal is to put more boots on the ground — fight crime. It's a luxury," White said. "We just don't have the money any longer to sustain the accreditation and sustain the accreditation department."

He added, "We would continue to do it if we had the money."

The accreditation manager's position held by Virginia Collins is moving to the dispatch section, he said.

Also due to expense, the aviation unit is being scaled back from three helicopter pilots to two. White said the helicopter will be used only for serious incidents.

The chief pilot's position moves to road patrol as a sergeant, he said.

That job is currently held by Jimmy Greene, husband of former sheriff's Maj. Darlene Greene, who ran against White in 2004.

White dismissed any suggestion of political vengeance.

"He worked here even after the '04 election, and I don't think he can tell you that he's been treated badly," White said. "I don't play that game."

Molly Moorhead can be reached at moorhead@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6245.

More personnel changes at the Pasco Sheriff's Office 01/08/09 [Last modified: Sunday, January 11, 2009 5:33pm]
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