11/1/2012 Jeff K. Deremer, Former Democratic Candidate for Pasco County Sheriff:
I would like to go on record as formally endorsing Chris Nocco for the office of Pasco County Sheriff. As a previous candidate for Sheriff and a 19-year veteran in law enforcement, I stood for applying a proactive approach to policing.
Sheriff Nocco’s implementation of Intelligence Led Policing has enabled Law Enforcement to begin to take back some of Pasco’s crime ridden neighborhoods. You simply need to look at current crime statistics for this to be proven.
According to FDLE 2011 statistics Domestic Violence is down, Property Crimes are down and total Violent Crimes are down. I truly believe that this Sheriff above all others has the ability and knowledge to become the best Sheriff that this county has ever seen. It has been my experience that current Sheriffs personnel have been rejuvenated. They understand that they now have a leader that will back them when they are doing their job. No Longer will Grady Judd and Polk County be the center of effective law enforcement leadership, it will now be Pasco County.
Pasco County Cannot afford to take multiple steps backwards in policing. If we elect Kim Bogart we will be doing just that. We would be electing an official that was hired under one of the most corrupt administrations ever (Jim Gillium).
“In Gillum's first term, the office hired and retained Bogart's then-wife as a secretary even though she had been accused of lying on her application about earning a high school diploma. The incident escaped public scrutiny until a deputy fired for lying on her application about a prior drug test asked legitimately for treatment equal to what was afforded the Bogart family.” (Pasco Times 2008)
Under Lee Cannon the Sheriff’s Office used false data to try and ask for new property tax to hire more Deputies.
“Under Cannon, Bogart headed up accreditation, research and planning for an administration unable to decipher the agency's capabilities and wrongly asked voters for a new tax for personnel needs that fell apart under scrutiny. Exactly what was Bogart doing while others in the department couldn't figure out the number of emergency calls received or how long it took to respond? Bogart can't escape the cronyism and nepotism that permeated the Gillum and Cannon administration.” (Pasco Times 2008)
Mr. Bogart claims to be an expert in corrections accreditation. However he has never worked in any corrections ever. According to FDLE Mr. Bogart has never been certified to work in any Jail or Prison in the State .
“Hired this week for $10,000 a month to turn around the escape-plagued Osceola County Jail, interim Director Kim S. Bogart has not worked before in a jail, state records and interviews show. Bogart has never been certified as a corrections officer to work in any jail or prison in the state, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.” (Orlando Sentinel, April 23rd 2010)
During a debate between myself and Mr. Bogart in 2008, he stated he would ask that he not be judged by past administrations that he was a part of. As a voter in Pasco County I ask how else are we to judge him? I ask that the citizens of Pasco County to vote Chris Nocco for Pasco County Sheriff, for a brighter and safer community.
Jeff K. Deremer