Fire rescue chief is interim no longer
Zephyrhills Fire Rescue Chief Verne Riggall has officially dropped "interim" from his title. City Council members on Monday evening unanimously approved Riggall as the new chief, upon the recommendation of City Manager Jim Drumm. Riggall has been serving as interim fire chief since October, following the resignation of Keith Williams, who left in September to take a leadership position with Sumter County Fire Rescue. Drumm created a five-person committee to interview and rank the top five candidates from a field of 16 applicants, only six of whom met the minimum requirements, he said. Riggall was ranked first by the group, Drumm said. Riggall, a former fire chief in High Springs and a deputy fire chief in Charlotte County, will earn about $66,000 annually.
County officials are developing "Access Pasco: A Plan for Transit" to guide the improvements to public transportation from 2014 to 2023. Pasco County Public Transportation, which is developing the plan in coordination with the Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization, will hold two workshops to gather public input:
• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Hugh Embry Library, 14215 N Fourth St., Dade City (accessible by routes 30 and 31)
• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 23 at the West Pasco Government Center Lobby, 8731 Citizens Drive, New Port Richey (accessible by routes 14 and 23)
For information on Access Pasco, contact Pasco County Public Transportation at (727) 834-3322 or [email protected]
A note to readers
Here's a reminder to our readers that this week marks a change in our publication schedule and where you'll find your Pasco County news. Continue to look for your Pasco Times every Sunday and Wednesday. Throughout the week, you also will find Pasco County news in Section B of the Times. And breaking news can be found seven days a week on our website at tampabay.com/pasco. You will still get all of your favorite features each Sunday and Wednesday in the Pasco Times. Wednesday's lineup: Hometown Pasco, Things to Do (formerly Diversions), community sports features, the gardening column and garden listings, as well as real estate listings. Sunday's lineup: Hometown Pasco, Top of the Class, the business digest and news, local theater reviews, the editorial page and births and milestones, and menu listings. Questions or comments? Send an email to Pasco County editor Bridget Hall Grumet at [email protected], or feel free to call at (727) 869-6258.
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