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Respect, appreciation of service after Sheriff Bob White's retirement

Sheriff Bob White's resignation Wednesday created quite a buzz. Here are some comments offered to reporters:

I have the utmost respect for the sheriff, and I know he is very dedicated to the position he holds. I respect his decision and certainly wish him the best.

Ted Schrader, county commissioner

I've been here for about 18 years. I can't remember a time when our working relationship with the city and the county has been any better.

Jeff Harrington, New Port Richey police chief

It's been a professional shop for the most part. … Sheriff White has been easy to deal with. He's a cordial fellow. He doesn't always agree with you, but there's never any real sense of disagreement either. I think he's always tried to do the right thing as far as the law enforcement community is concerned.

Bernie McCabe, state attorney

I congratulate him on his retirement and his service to the citizens of Pasco County. I still remember the day when he was a trooper in Brooksville and I was a teenager riding my minibike down Highway 50 and he pulled me over and gave me a break. He didn't arrest me. Obviously, I had my differences with his policing philosophy, but I still congratulate him. There's a lot to be said for being able to be elected for three terms.

Robert Sullivan, former Pasco lieutenant under White who challenged him in the 2008 election

It is a loss to the citizens of Pasco. Everything he ever did, every decision he ever made, he did it for the citizens. Whether it was publicly or behind closed doors, he did it for the citizens. That's one of the things I picked up most from him — they're the reason we're here. He took that responsibility very seriously. Whoever's going to have to replace him is going to have some big shoes to fill.

Al Nienhuis, sheriff of Hernando County, who served as White's undersheriff

I think the citizens have reacted positively toward him. There were an awful lot of people that said, 'Hey the sheriff's doing a good job, he deserves more money.'

County Commissioner Ann Hildebrand, who brokered a settlement with White during a $4 million budget dispute

I hope that it's true retirement and that he is going to spend time with his granddaughter and his family. I wish him the best.

Bob Mitchell, president of the deputies' collective bargaining unit

I fully understand (him) wanting to spend time with his granddaughter. I appreciate his service to the citizens of Pasco for the last 10 years and wish him the best in his retirement.

Henry Wilson, county commissioner

I was critical of his leadership and of his administration of the Sheriff's Office when I ran against him. I don't believe things have gotten better in that he has greatly politicized the office.

Kim Bogart, a sheriff's captain under former Sheriff Lee Cannon who challenged White in 2008

As far as I'm concerned, he's announcing he's retiring. Maybe somewhere down the road he'll play another role in the public safety arena.

Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey:

I'd like to thank the sheriff for all of his years in law enforcement around the state. I wish him luck in his endeavors with his family.

Bill Lawless, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, which battled with White over labor issues and never agreed on a contract

I respect the job a sheriff has to do. It's difficult. I try very hard not to pass judgment, though a lot of people passed judgment on me. I wish him well.''

Lee Cannon, former Pasco sheriff:

When you look at the positives, I've got to thank Bob White. On balance, I think he's been pretty good.

Bill Bunting, Republican state committeeman

Respect, appreciation of service after Sheriff Bob White's retirement 03/16/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 8:36pm]
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