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Gov. Ron DeSantis makes it official, naming Nikki Alvarez-Sowles as Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller

Nichole “Nikki’’ Alvarez-Sowles, Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller.
Nichole “Nikki’’ Alvarez-Sowles, Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller.
Published Aug. 9, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis removed a word from Nichole "Nikki'' Alvarez-Sowles' title on Friday — "interim.''

The governor named Alvarez-Sowles as Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller, a job she had been doing on an interim basis since July 1. Alvarez-Sowles will complete the remaining 15 months of the term left open by the June 30 retirement of former Clerk & Comptroller Paula S. O'Neil. Alvarez-Sowles said she will run for election in 2020.

The governor's announcement included an endorsement from Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby.

"Nikki's commitment to serving the hardworking people of Pasco County shines brightest through her steady leadership and unwavering work ethic," Simpson said in a statement released by the governor's office.

Alvarez-Sowles, 45, of Land O' Lakes, is an attorney and has been with the Pasco clerk's office for the past dozen years, where she did strategic planning, directed criminal courts and served as chief operations officer under O'Neil.

The governor's office received one other application for the vacancy created by O'Neil's retirement. Roberta Cutting of Zephyrhills, who made unsuccessful runs for the office as a non-partisan candidate in 2012 and 2016 and who has declared her candidacy for the 2020 ballot, also applied.

Contact C.T. Bowen at ctbowen@tampabay.com or (813) 435-7306. Follow @CTBowen2.