Kim Bogart, a former candidate for Pasco County Sheriff, was appointed today as interim chief of the New Port Richey Police Department.
Bogart is a longtime Pasco resident. He joined the Pasco Sheriff’s Office in 1985. He worked for the agency for 16 years, ascending to the ranks of captain and major. Bogart was one of the people on the agency's command staff who was swept out the door after Bob White was first elected sheriff in 2000.
Bogart became a reserve deputy with the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office in 2001. He was interim chief of the Osceola County Jail. He also served 13 years as executive director of the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission.
Bogart ran for Pasco Sheriff in 2008 but lost to White,. He then ran for sheriff in the 2012 election but lost to Chris Nocco.
New Port Richey began looking for a new head of its police department after then-chief James Steffens announced in February that he was resigning from the agency for a job at the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. Steffens started his job as chief forensic investigator at the Sheriff’s Office this month. Lt. Arthur Madden been serving the role of acting chief since his departure.
What do you think of this decision, New Port Richey?