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STANTON'S SECRETARY IS FIRED BY NEW BOSS

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New City Manager Norton "Mac" Craig on Monday fired Brenda Francisco, who was former City Manager Stanton's secretary for 14 years.

Francisco questioned whether her termination was in retaliation for her support of Stanton, who was fired in March after revealing plans to become a woman.

Craig disputed Francisco's concern, saying his decision was based on his desire to have his own secretary. Francisco was paid $49,200 annually.

ZEPHYRHILLS

City gives approval for Sysco incentives

A hefty incentive package attached to a proposed Sysco Food Service distribution center gained initial approval from the City Council on Monday night.

The board voted unanimously to accept a deal that includes refunding more than $2-million in city taxes and $760,000 in impact fees and utility connection fees to Sysco over a decade.

Sysco wants to build a 393,000-square-foot plant on 62 acres. It would employ 257 people with annual salaries of $45,000 to $100,000. Zephyrhills has been in competition with other sites, including north Tampa and Sumter County.

PORT RICHEY

As budget cuts loom, anticrime unit is cut

Pasco County Sheriff Bob White is disbanding the Crime Prevention Unit, because he anticipates budget cuts will force him to focus on core law-enforcement operations.

Spokesman Doug Tobin said the five members, all civilians, will have the option of moving to the department's communications division, which handles 911 calls.

White expects county commissioners to trim his $94.7-million budget request, Tobin said. Among Florida's 67 counties, Pasco's per capita crime rate ranked No. 32 in 2005. It jumped to No. 20 in 2006.

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