Sheriff Chris Nocco

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Sheriff Chris Nocco
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Chris Nocco, Sheriff of Pasco County

Appointed Sheriff on May 1, 2011; Elected Sheriff on January 1, 2013; Re-elected January 1, 2017


  • Masters in Public Administration, University of Delaware (State and Local Management)
  • Bachelors in Criminal Justice, University of Delaware (on football scholarship)
  • Undergraduate certificate in Emergency Management, Florida State University
  • Graduate of the National Sheriff’s Association, 101st National Sheriff’s Institute
  • Graduate of the FBI, National Executive Institute
  • Graduate FBI Executive Leadership, 30th Session
  • Graduate Post Naval Academy, Executive Leadership Program
  • Leading Innovation with Existing Organizations-McCombs School of Business-UOT at Austin
  • Effective Negotiations at UCF’s Executive Development Center
  • National Sheriff’s Association’s representative on the CORE lab's social network analysis program


  • Philadelphia Public School Police
  • Fairfax County Virginia Police Department
  • Broward Sheriff’s Office
  • First responder to: the attacks of 9/11; the Washington Sniper Incident; the anthrax attacks;
  • Responded to many large protests and numerous demonstrations in our nations’ capitol
  • 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
  • Deputy Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the House Marco Rubio
  • Chief of Staff for the Florida Highway Patrol
  • Appointed to the 2017 Constitution Revision Commission by Florida Speaker of the House

Community Involvement

  • Leadership Award from BayCare Behavioral Health
  • Legislator of the Year Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Award by the Dade City Rotary
  • Recognized as Patriotic Employer from the ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve)
  • Pasco Sheriff’s Charities, Inc. Board member
  • Pasco Police Athletic League
  • Renew Pasco
  • Fraternal Order of Police
  • Gold Shield Foundation
  • Youth sports
  • Boys and Girls Club of Lacoochee Board member
  • New Port Richey Rotary
  • Police Benevolent Association
  • National Sheriffs Association
  • Pasco Homeless Advisory Board
  • Church


Chris is married to his wife Bridget, a native Floridian, and they have three children.

  • Spouse: Bridget
  • Children: Three
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Notice of Sheriff's Levy Sales


I, Chris Nocco, As Sheriff of Pasco County, Florida, have levied upon all the right, title and interest of the below described real or personal property.

I will offer the described property for sale at public outcry and sell the same, subject to ALL prior liens, if any, to the highest and best bidder for CASH IN HAND, the proceeds to be applied as far as may be to the payment of costs and satisfaction of the described execution. All sales are “AS IS”. The described property may be viewed up to 30 minutes prior to the scheduled sale time.

For more information contact: 727-847-5878 ext. 7366


Sale Date:April 24, 2019
Sale Time: 11:00 am
Sale Location:
Stepp’s Towing
4325 Gall Boulevard Zephyrhills, FL 33542
Property Description:
2012 Black Harley Davidson Motorcycle


Sale Date: May 15, 2019
Sale Time: 11:00 am
Sale Location:
Stepps Towing,
13132 US 19, Hudson, FL 34667
Property Description:
2016 Toyota Tundra (Brown)


Sale Date: May 14, 2019
Sale Time: 10:00 am
Sale Location:
Stepps Towing,
11607 Ossie Murphy Rd, San Antonio, FL 33576
Property Description:
AS IS 2011 Mercedes C300 VIN # WDDGF8BB5BR156758


Sale Date: May 16, 2019
Sale Time: 10:00 am
Sale Location:
Pasco Sheriff’s Office West Operations Center,
7432 Little Road, New Port Richey, FL 34652
Property Description:
Lots 33 and 34, Block 269, Moon Lake Estates Unit Nineteen, as shown on the plat recorded in Plat Book 6, Page 149, of the Public Records of Pasco County, Florida. Also a portion of Lot 32 of said Block 269, being more fully described as follows: Commence at the most Southerly corner of said Lot 33; thence North 54°30'l 1" West along the lot line between said Lots 32 and 33, 30.00 feet to the Point of Beginning; thence North 87°51 '41 " West, 57.47 feet; thence North 54°30'11" West, 32.00 feet; thence North 35°29'49" East, along the lot line between Lots 26 and 32, 31.60 feet to the most Northerly corner of said Lot 32; thence South 54°30'11" East, along the lot line between said Lots 32 and 33, 80.00 feet to the said Point of Beginning.
A Parcel of Land being a portion of Block 269, Moon Lake Estates Unit Nineteen, as shown on Plat recorded in Plat Book 6, Page 149, of the Public Records, Lying in Section 29, Township 25 South, Range 17 East, Pasco County Florida being described as follows: Commence at the most Southerly Boundary Corner of Lot 33, Block 269, Moon Lake Estates Unit Nineteen, as shown on Plat recorded in Plat Book 6, Page 149, of the Public Records of Pasco County, Florida, also being the Point of Commencement of a parcel of land described on Official Records Book 8253, Page 1944, of the Public Records of Pasco County, Florida, also being the Point of Beginning for this description; thence South 35°29’49" West (Basis of Bearings) along the Westerly Rightof-Way line of Cardinal Drive, a 50 foot platted Right-of-Way, a distance of 105.00’ to the North Right-of-Way line of Robin Road, a 50' platted Right-of-Way; thence North 89°31'51" West along said North Right-of-Way line, a distance of 134.33’ to the Westerly Boundary corner of Lot 29, Block 269 of said Moon Lake Estates Unit Nineteen; thence North 35°29'46" East along the Westerly Boundary line of Lots 29, 30, 31, and 32, Block 269, Respectively, a distance of 150.50‘ to the Southerly Boundary line of aforesaid parcel of land described in Official Records Book 8253, Page 1944; thence along said Southerly Boundary line of a parcel of land described in Official Records Book 8253, Page 1944 and the Northerly Boundary line of Lot 32, B1ock 269, aforesaid Moon Lake Estates Unit Nineteen, respectively, the following three (3) courses: 1) South 54°30'11" East, a distance of 32.00’, 2) South 87°51'41" East, a distance of 57.47’, 3) South 54°30’11" East a distance of 30.00’ to the Point of Beginning.
Parcel ID Number: 29-25-17-0190-26900-0330 & 29-25-17-0190-26900-0290 Property Address: 8525 Cardell Dr. & 11915 Randee Rd., New Port Richey, Florida 34654

The Office of Sheriff has roots that run deep into antiquity. . .

Sheriffs stand tall in modern, progressive law enforcement, but their roots also run deep into antiquity. The Bible tells us, in the Book of Daniel, chapter 3, verse 2, that when Nebuchadnezzar the king was ready to dedicate a golden image in Babylon he called together the high officials, including princes, governors, captains, judges, counselors and Sheriffs. Some historians have traced the office back to the ancient Roman pro-counsels. Others are persuaded the office may have been derived from Saxon in Germany. It has been said that the word Sheriff came from the Arabic word Sharif, which literally translates as illustrious or noble and signifies an Arab chief or prince.

Ancient England was divided into shires, similar to our counties, and each shire had a boss who was called the reeve. Some researchers claim that these two words were eventually linked into the title, Shire-Reeve, and this evolved into the word Sheriff Shire-reeves were appointed by noblemen and kings to maintain peace and tranquility – a role that modern Sheriffs are still attempting to fill. Under Norman rule, English Sheriffs gained power not only as law enforcement officials, but also as tax collectors. Sheriffs were mentioned numerous times in the Magna Carta, an ancient English “bill of rights”, and were present when it was signed. Later on they became appointees of the king – an extension of his authority.
There have been attempts to show that America was named for Richard Amerycke, who was the High Sheriff of Bristol, England, in 1503, and while this has not been proven conclusively, there is no doubt that the office of the Sheriff was woven into the political fabric of the colonies during early stages of their development. Apparently the office of Sheriff was transplanted to the North American continent as early as 1634 when the first counties were established in Virginia. Not long afterward, Thomas Jefferson called the office of Sheriff “the most important of all the executive offices of the county.”

During colonial times Sheriffs had ceremonial duties such as announcing the coronation of English kings and queens. They served official papers and when culprits were sentenced it was their duty to carry out the punishment. Miscreants were whipped for “opprobrious language”, and pilloried for perjury.

Many of our residents do not realize that Pasco County has a long and rich history. In fact law enforcement as we know it, actually began when Andrew Jackson (Florida’s first territorial Governor) took title of Florida from Spain on July 17th 1821 and issued the Jackson Ordinance. This created Florida’s initial two counties, with the Suwanee River as the dividing line. Escambia was the western county and St. Johns the eastern with the county seat being in St. Augustine. James R. Hanam was appointed as the first Sheriff of St. Johns County. Although what was later to become Pasco County was within his jurisdiction, it is unknown if Sheriff Hanam ever set foot in our part of the state. It is reported that after only two years in office Sheriff Hanam went broke after complaining of insufficient funding, quit his office and later went missing.

In 1834, Hillsborough County was established being comprised of a large area of the state which today is made up of seven counties. Through the ensuing years individual counties were divided from Hillsborough and in 1843 Hernando County was created being made up of what today includes Pasco and Citrus County. As population and needs increased, Pasco, Citrus and Hernando were split, with all becoming individual counties in 1887.

Our first Sheriff James A. Grady was appointed and served until 1891 (a chronological listing of all Pasco Sheriffs is linked to this site). In 1889 Dade City was chosen as the county seat with our first county jail being built in 1892 on 10th Street in Dade City. Although this structure is no longer owned by the county it still stands and is the private office of a local business. Investigation has determined that it originally may have consisted of three cells and a separate living area for the sheriff and his family. As Pasco County was a thriving and growing center for area agriculture a new jail was built in 1909 and incorporated along with offices for the sheriff in what is today the historic Dade City Courthouse.

County Patrolman Clyde Rowland and Sheriff Leslie Bessenger (circa 1950)

During this period and on through the 1940’s the Sheriff’s Office employed fewer than ten personnel with most of those being part-time deputies. By the 1950’s population growth created the need for several permanent full-time deputies. Sheriff Leslie Bessenger employed Leland Thompson to patrol Dade City and the adjoining areas, Lance Edgeman was responsible for Zephyrhills and Basil Gaines served the entire remainder of the county westward through Land-O-Lakes to the coastal areas of Hudson, New Port Richey and Holiday. In later years both Deputy Thompson (see related article) and Gaines went on to be elected to serve as sheriffs of our county.

As an interesting side note resident deputies such as those living and working in the outlying areas as Land-O-Lakes, Hudson and New Port Richey worked out of their homes. They were on call 24 hours a day, received $350.00 per week and had to provide their own patrol vehicle. In fact, deputies were still required to provide a vehicle through the late 1960’s. Resident deputies were dispatched to calls for service from home by their wives who received $100.00 per month for this service.

The year 1956 was notable in our history as for the first time the Sheriff’s annual budget exceeded 100,000 dollars ($104,000). Sheriff Leslie Bessenger was roundly criticized for what county leaders characterized as runaway spending in government. As the growth continued and in particular the coastal area of the county, a new courthouse annex was established in 1961 on Sunset Road in New Port Richey. This building contained cells for twenty inmates, sheriffs administrative and operations offices and a west-side communications dispatch center. In 1966 the Sheriff’s Office in Dade City moved from the historic Courthouse to its own building located in Dade City on North 5th Street. Administration, Operations and Detention were incorporated in this building, 124 inmates could be housed in the facility.

Pasco County and the Sheriff’s Office experienced its first period of explosive growth from the 1960’s through the 1970’s where by 1977 it had grown in size to 210 employees with 135 of those being sworn deputies. By 1981 with growth in the county still on the increase a new Sheriff’s administration building and detention complex was completed in New Port Richey at the Government Center on Little Road. As our citizens are keenly aware this growth continued ultimately creating the need for our most recent detention complex on S.R. 41 in Land-O-Lakes. This state of the art facility was completed in 1991 with an initial design capacity of 352 inmates and expansion capabilities to house 1,000 inmates.

It is not unusual nowadays to hear two or more veteran Sheriff’s Office employees talking with fondness of “the good old days” at the Sheriff’s Office, when times were much less complex. Recently, I had an opportunity to speak with a gentleman who recounted, first-hand, exactly what “the good old days” of being a Pasco County deputy were like.

Leland E. Thompson is a native Floridian who was raised in the East Pasco community of Lacoochee. He was hired in the early 1950’s as a night jailer with the sole responsibility for care, custody and control of the inmates at the old Dade City jail (this building housed our Property/Evidence section until early 2007). As there was only a single “jailer” on duty, any need for assistance required requesting a deputy to come in from street patrol. Deputy Thompson went on to become a patrol deputy and had the distinction of being one of a total of three full time deputies in Pasco County. Deputy Thompson was responsible for the Dade City area; Deputy Lance Edgeman had Zephyrhills and Deputy Basil Gaines, New Port Richey. Ed Harvey was the part-time deputy for Land-O-Lakes. As you can well imagine, our deputies kept busy in “the good old days” working six 12-hour days and being on call the remainder of the time. Incidentally, deputies were “well compensated”, being paid $250 per month and $100 a month car allowance. That’s right, deputies had to provide their own car and were provided gas and one set of tires per year.

Deputy Thompson remembers that payday came once a month and to celebrate, he would take his wife out to dinner, which was the one and only time each month they could afford to eat out. As for the police academies and specialized training, there weren’t any. Deputies were hired based on the Sheriff’s knowledge of their good character and common sense. Deputies hit the street day one, armed only with a badge, a gun and a small pocket manual provided by the Florida Sheriff’s Association and simply put, were on their own. They did their best. There was no such thing as a bad arrest, as the judge would simply drop the charge the next day and as recounted by Deputy Thompson, “the suspect was glad to be out of jail, never complained and didn’t sue”. Incidentally, if the charges resulted in the suspect going to trial, they were probably in for a long wait. Circuit court was only held three times a year, county court four times a year and both only in Dade City. Salary, raises and benefits are always of interest to everyone; I could not help but broach the subject with Deputy Thompson. He was quick to point out that the salary was rarely adjusted, year-to-year. In fact, he specifically remembers receiving $250 per month from 1955 through 1960. Incidentally, his most memorable raise came in 1964, when he was elected Sheriff out of a field on seven candidates. His new salary – $8,500 per year.