10 questions for Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco

Are you ever curious about the real lives of politicians, celebrities, local newsmakers and athletes? Who are their mentors and who would they really like to meet?

Each Tuesday, ABC Action News asks 10 questions of a Bay area leader or celebrity. They're fun questions that let you get to know the person.

As many of you know, the people I profile, are based on viewer suggestions. And since I began this segment about a year ago, I have received dozens of requests for Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco.

I am thrilled to bring you the sheriff's 10 questions this week!

But, first a little more about the the top law enforcement officer at the Pasco County Sheriff's office.

Nocco was appointed to the post in 2011 by Governor Rick Scott after three-term Sheriff Bob White announced  early retirement.

But Sheriff Nocco is no stranger to the office. He served as a major and supervisor of the Joint Operations Bureau.

He oversaw 350 people who worked in many departments in the bureau. The sheriff's office said the bureau includes many facets including a detectives units and a  vice and narcotics unit.

Prior to the Pasco Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Nocco worked as chief of staff for the Florida Highway Patrol. Among his accomplishments there, Nocco said he helped develop a statewide network enabling all agencies to access criminal intelligence

Sheriff Nocco also spent several years in the Florida Legislature. There he served as a deputy chief of staff to then Speaker of the House and current US Senator  Marco Rubio. He also worked for Rubio as his staff director in the Policy and Procedures Office.

Sheriff Nocco worked hard in helping to create legislation for longer sentences for gang members, organized crime groups, and terrorists. He also pushed for tougher legislation.

But, Sheriff Nocco also served on the front line in his early law enforcement career. He worked with Fairfax County Virginia Police Department  Because of his proximity to Washington,  he was a first responder to the attacks of 9/11, the Washington sniper attacks, and the anthrax scare.

Sheriff Noccos is also an athlete. He received a football scholarship to the University of Delaware, There, he received a Bachelors in Criminal Justice and received his Masters in Public Administration.

I have interviewed the sheriff on numerous occasions and even emceed a PPAL (Police Athletic League)  golfing tournament for the Sheriff. He is very passionate about the community and protecting our children.

He and his wife Bridget, who is a native Floridian,  have three children. They are very active they said in youth sports their church.

I must admit, question seven made me laugh!

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1. What is your all time favorite movie?
Kelly's Heroes with Clint Eastwood and Black Hawk Down.

2. Do you have a Smartphone? If so, what's your favorite app?
For some reason my smartphone doesn't seem as smart as everyone else's, must be user error.

3. Who do you count as your mentor(s)?
My parents. I was very fortunate to have two strong role models growing up.

4. What was your very first job?
When I was around five years old my parents would take us to the beach and I would hang around next to the lifeguard stand waiting for my first big rescue.  I believe we can chalk that up to me volunteering because I haven't received a paycheck from them.

5. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
I broke my left ring finger playing football and the scar tissue built up so I have to wear my wedding band on my right hand. I have been saying that I will fix it but I have had enough casts in my life that I am not looking forward to re-breaking it.

6. What do you consider your greatest success?
My faith and my family, they are the nucleus of my life.

7. Tell us something about you most people don't know?
I was on the Price is Right.  I never made it out of contestants row but I did get car wax as a parting gift.

8. If you could have dinner with any three people, living or dead, who would they be?
Dwight D. Eisenhower, Saint Augustine, and Sun Tzu, but first I would like a quiet dinner with my wife.  With little ones that is hard to come by.

9. What is in your fridge right now?
Milk, orange juice, Pedialyte, and Gatorade. We never seem to run out of juices.

10. If you could have a different career, other then what you're doing now, what would it

Career military officer.

If you would like to suggest someone for 10 questions you can e-mail me at sfazan@abcactionnews.com. or "like" me on Facebook. To do that just head to abcactionnews.com/facebook ... and find me under the favorites tab and click the "like" button.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Sarina Fazan
News Anchor/Multimedia Journalist

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