NEW PORT RICHEY — Following the abrupt retirement this week of Col. Brian Head, second-in-command at the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, the agency announced three promotions Friday.
Maj. Jeff Harrington will be the new colonel under Sheriff Chris Nocco. Harrington is the former chief of the New Port Richey Police Department.
Capt. John Corbin moves up to the rank of major overseeing the law enforcement bureau, and Lt. Brett Landsberg was promoted to captain over Special Operations.
Head, 48, was a major in charge of the jail in 2011 when the previous sheriff, Bob White, retired midterm. Head was considered a front-runner for Gov. Rick Scott's appointment to finish the term, but it went to Nocco, who then announced Head as his chief deputy and promptly named him a colonel.
Just last week, while Nocco was attending a law enforcement conference in Quantico, Va., he called on Head to take command of the agency in his absence. By Monday, Head was gone.
The new promotions take effect Monday.
"I am confident that these individuals will excel in their new roles both as a supervisor and servant leaders," Nocco wrote in a memo to Sheriff's Office employees. "Please join me in congratulating them."