City Elections: Candidates on Police and Fire Services

We asked each candidate for New Port Richey City Council whether they would want to have Pasco County take over police and fire services.

Patch recently asked the seven candidates running for New Port Richey City Council their thoughts on city issues.

We got answers. 

One of our questions asked:  "What is your position on the idea of having the county take over the city’s police and fire rescue services?"

Click on each of the candidate names below to read their responses to this question.

The elections are April 9. There are two city council seats up for grabs.

  • Michael Malterer
  • Jeff Starkey
  • Chopper Davis
  • Bob Langford (No comment due to Sunshine Law concerns)
  • Ginny Miller
  • Rose Mohr
  • Jonathan Tietz
Derek Smith March 30, 2013 at 05:15 PM
The rules of Pasco county do not allow cities to transport patients. A call in city limits gets a city fire apparatus and a county ambulance. The NPR fire dept is the only agency around certified in confined space operations. When a county agency such as the utility dept has to enter a confined space the NPR fire dept is put on standby in case rescue is needed. The fire dept also works with the public works dept to get residents a discount on their homeowners insurance. There is also response times, availability of staff, community identity and the enforcement of city specific codes that need consideration. The answers should consider more than just finances.
Jimmy James II March 30, 2013 at 06:17 PM
According to Derek Smith (above) there are many items to consider beside only finances. Probably correct, but I wonder cynically how many voters will spend time and energy to consider these many items.
Ginny Lane Miller March 31, 2013 at 01:11 AM
Nancy, response time is the deciding factor in this issue, and real time data will prove or disprove it going forward. Data will come from the NPRPD as well as other regional jurisdictions. Derek, the last time we corresponded you did not live in the city. Do you now? Jimmy, I assure you voters will be attentive to this issue. Presenting it in a reader-friendly and unbiased charter amendment on the 2014 ballot will be difficult. Ginny Miller
Derek Smith March 31, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Ginny, I indeed do, its good to be back.
Jimmy James II March 31, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Ginny, there's your challenge. Make the amendment reader-friendly before poll-time and put it in all your campaign speeches, literature, etc. You'll gain even more votes that way.


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