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Sheriff Chris Nocco (R)
New Port Richey


Masters in Public Administration (State and Local Management), 1999, and Bachelors in Criminal Justice, University of Delaware (on football scholarship); undergraduate certificate in Emergency Management, Florida State University, 2005; graduate, 101st National Sheriff's Institute, plus numerous law-enforcement courses.


Served with the Philadelphia Public School Police, the Fairfax County Virginia Police Department and as a deputy with the Broward County Sheriff's Office; was a first responder to the attacks of 9/11, the Washington sniper incident, the anthrax attacks and numerous demonstrations and large protests in the nation's Capital; served as a member of the Civil Disturbance Unit in Fairfax and Field Force in Broward County; staff director to Rep. Marco Rubio in the Policy and Procedures Office (responsible for domestic security, criminal justice, economic development, and transportations issues); deputy chief of staff to Speaker of the House, Marco Rubio; chief of staff, Florida Highway Patrol; served as a captain and major of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office Joint Operations Bureau; appointed Sheriff of Pasco County May 1, 2011; elected Sheriff of Pasco County, November 2012.

Honors and Affiliations

Awarded the 2012 Leadership Award from BayCare Behavioral Health; awarded the Patriotic Employer from the ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve);board member: Regional Medical Center, Bayonet Point, Pasco Sheriff’s Charities, Sand Soldiers of America, Boys and Girls Club of Lacoochee and Pasco Police Athletic League; serves on the Rasmussen College Advisory Council, New Port Richey Rotary, Police Benevolent Association, Fraternal Order of Police, Knights of Columbus, National Sheriffs Association, Gold Shield Foundation and the National Rifle Association.

Address: 8700 Citizen Dr., New Port Richey, 34654-5501
Phone: (727) 847-5878

County Seat: Dade City
Population: 466,457
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