There’s a new sheriff in town — current Pasco County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Chris Nocco.
Nocco was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to replace retiring Sheriff Bob White. Effective Sunday, May 1, he will fill the remainder of White’s term, which ends in 2012.
Sheriff’s spokesman Kevin Doll confirmed the appointment Monday afternoon.
The 35-year-old oversees the law enforcement aspects of the department. He was one of current U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s aides when Rubio was Florida Speaker of the House.
State Rep. Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, issued a statement praising both White and his replacement.
“I have known Sheriff Nocco for many years, and have worked with him. He has the right temperament, skills and commitment to our community,” he said.