New Port Richey Police Chief Resigns
James Steffens announced today, Feb. 19, his last day on the job will be March 16.
New Port Richey Police Chief James Steffens is stepping down to take a position with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
Steffens announced his resignation today, Feb. 19, in a letter to Mayor Bob Consalvo. He was sworn in as the city's chief in December 2011.
Steffens told Consalvo he intends to take a position working with Pasco County Sheriff’s Chris Nocco.
His resignation letter reads:
Dear Mayor Bob Consalvo:
This correspondence is intended to serve as my official notice of Resignation as the Chief of Police.
I have had the distinct privilege to have served the citizens, business
community and visitors of this city. I have had the rare honor to have worked alongside the selfless professional men and women who proudly represent the New Port Richey Police Department. The ever-present "can do/will do" attitude and dedicated work ethic of these special men and women has helped keep this city as safe as possible and has moved this agency to new levels of respect
I sincerely thank you and the City Council for your trust and acceptance of me to lead this agency. I truly appreciate the unique opportunity I have had to work alongside my fellow Department Heads - especially as we tackled the pressing issues of this past year.
I have accepted the exciting and challenging opportunity to join the Pasco County Sheriff's Office and to carry out the progressive vision of Sheriff Chris Nocco. We have worked so hard to create and promote dynamic partnerships inside and outside the County. This next phase of my professional and personal life is intended to continue furthering those partner-shipping and problem-solving practices.
Thank you for the very special opportunity to serve the City of New Port Richey. I would like to assist with the transition and selection of your next Chief of Police if possible. My resignation date is currently planned for March 16, 2013.
Chief James D. Steffens
Chief of Police
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