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PASCO COUNTY: SHERIFF

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Bob White is trying to become a three-term sheriff, which Pasco County hasnêt seen in decades. He faces Kim Bogart, a former captain whom White ousted when he first took office in 2001. They must also contend with Bobby Kinzy, who is running under no party and trying to become a spoiler.

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Experience In his 29 years in law enforcement, Bogart has been a Tampa patrol officer, undercover officer, detective, police academy instructor and bomb squad technician. He spent 16 years as a commander in the Pasco County Sheriffês Office and now serves as executive director of the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission. Before his election to sheriff in 2000, he was a sergeant in the Clearwater office of the state Department of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco. Earlier he worked for the Brooksville Police Department, Sumter County Sheriffês Office and the Florida Highway Patrol. The dark horse in the race, heês a retired Tampa Electric mechanic who has lived in Pasco for 38 years but has never been involved in law enforcement or politics. He originally filed to run as a Democrat but switched to no party affiliation, noting one of his platforms is to remove politics from the Sheriffês Office.
Education Bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Saint Leo College, 1996; and masterês in business administration, Saint Leo University, 2003. Associate of arts degree from Pasco-Hernando Community College, 1983; and attended the University of South Florida for criminal justice but did not graduate. High school diploma and a few credit hours from Pasco-Hernando Community College.
Make your case to the voters Bogart points out that he has experience supervising hundreds of employees. "I have worked in nearly all areas of the Sheriffês Office other than corrections. I have either done the job, supervised it or evaluated it. I have demonstrated leadership ability, and ... at this point in time probably one of the most important things that that agency needs is to rally the organization back together to work as a team." "I think weêve done a good job, and I think we need a third-term sheriff here." Longtime deputies lose hope and citizens lose service, he said, when a new boss comes in every four or eight years. "We need some continuity of control over the long haul to help us get the resources that we need in place so we can continue to provide a better service." Kinzy casts himself as the outsider candidate seeking to lead an agency in need of a complete overhaul. His lack of previous involvement, he says, is his strength. "I donêt have any scars. I donêt have friends to take care of. I donêt have enemies to remove." The same goes for his inexperience with law enforcement. "The problem that we have with the sheriffês department is not the cops. The problemês been the administration. Youêre not electing a deputy. Youêre not electing a detective. Youêre electing an administrator. Thatês my forte."
What are your objectives if elected? "We have this violent crime issue to deal with, and at the same time we have a work force that is without direction. I would like to make some organizational structure changes that are overdue." As for the budget, he said, "There has been plenty of evidence that the resources in the Sheriffês Office are not being used efficiently. I will identify the waste, stop it and focus it where it needs to be used ... in patrol." "We have a system, and itês working well. We just need to improve on that and enhance it." Pascoês crime rate, he said, is 20 percent below the state average. "I think I have it down, but there are challenges ahead. We do it simply better than anybody youêre going to find, and if thatês not good business I donêt know what is." White also calls himself "the CEO of the Southwest Airlines of law enforcement." "Have you ever seen a better operation in this county? We are the low-cost leader." He wants to remove as much politics as possible from the Sheriffês Office. "I doubt youêd ever get all of it out, but I think I could get a good deal of it out." He wants to improve relations with the deputies unions, which have been at war with White. He thinks more money could be obtained through state and federal grants to bolster the budget. He wants to form citizen advisory committees so the Sheriffês Office can glean ideas from the people it serves.
Assets Home, bank accounts, investments, time-share interest House, bank accounts, lot in North Carolina Property in Georgia and Florida, house, Tampa Electric stock, mutual funds, annuity
Liabilities Home equity loan Bank loan, auto and motorcycle loans Bank loan
Net worth $936,265 $536,014 $995,000
Income Consulting business, veterinary practice Sheriffês salary, investment income Pension
Personal Married to Patricia Weston-Bogart 16 years; two children Married to Diane; one grown daughter Married to wife, Mary, since 1975
Web site www.bogartforsheriff.com www.sheriffbobwhite.com kinzy4sheriff.com
E-mail kim@bogartforsheriff.com bob@sheriffbobwhite.com bobbykinzy@yahoo.com
About the job: Pasco Countyês sheriff serves a four-year term and oversees nearly 1,200 employees. The Sheriffês Office is the law enforcement agency for unincorporated Pasco County. It also provides court security, handles child abuse investigations and runs the countyês two jails. The sheriff will be paid $147,364 next year.

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