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NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN

From left, Kathy Coats holds the Bible as her husband, Jim Coats, is sworn in as Pinellas County sheriff by Judge Raymond O. Gross at the Pinellas County Courthouse in Clearwater on Monday. Coats, 60, takes over the top job after serving as a deputy with the department for 33 years and as its chief deputy for the past nine years. Coats, a Republican, easily beat Democrat Bubba the Love Sponge Clem in the November race, winning by a 3-1 ratio. He replaces Everett Rice as sheriff.

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