NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco-Hernando State College named a new director and instructor coordinator to its embattled law enforcement academy on Monday.
Charlie May, who retired last year as the Pasco sheriff's chief forensic investigator after 25 years with the agency, will be the new director of public service programs. Patricia Maxwell, who worked as an assistant law enforcement instructor at Hillsborough Community College, will be the new instructor coordinator.
At the Sheriff's Office, May worked as a corporal training officers and developing new training curricula, according to a press release from the college. He also worked with the agency's school resource section.
May earned degrees in criminology and criminal justice from Saint Leo University. He began working as an adjunct instructor at PHSC in 2002, teaching courses including criminalistics and administration. He also taught courses at Saint Leo.
Maxwell came to the college from Murphy Oil Corp., where she worked as an assistant terminal manger. She graduated from the Tampa Police Academy and holds a degree in criminology.
PHSC president Katherine Johnson in the release said May and Maxwell are passionate about training new recruits.
"With new leadership in place, PHSC's Law Enforcement Academy is ready to continue our strong, long standing tradition of meeting the training needs of our agency partners," she said. "We expect our programs and partnerships to be stronger than ever."
The hires come two weeks after Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco banned his current employees from holding positions in PHSC's academy because of simmering disagreements over hiring practices at the academy, which he also says has insufficient training equipment. He is seeking to form a new law enforcement academy in partnership with the Pasco school district. The Hernando County Sheriff's Office has also broken off from PHSC's academy.