PALM HARBOR — Pinellas County Sheriff Jim Coats will host the first in a series of community forums Wednesday night to discuss services provided by the Sheriff's Office.
The public meetings come on the heels of an announcement by Coats late last month that he plans on eliminating about 100 jobs as part of an effort to cut $30 million from his budget, as directed by the County Commission.
The event is open to the public. Residents will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback to Coats about agency services. Coats and Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Bob Gualitieri will also "discuss the agency's commitment to providing efficient and professional public safety during these challenging economic times," according to a news release.
All of the forums will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tonight's will be held at Palm Harbor University High School, 1900 Omaha St.
Other forums are scheduled for May 4 at Countryside High School, 3000 State Road 580, Clearwater; May 11 at Dunedin High School, 1651 Pinehurst Road; May 12 at Osceola High School, 9751 98th St. N, Seminole; May 18 at Bayside High School, 14405 49th St. N, Clearwater; and May 20 at Pasadena Community Church, 227 70th St. S, St. Petersburg.