Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco

NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco has been named to the National Homeland Security Advisory Council, a group that provides the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security advice to support decision-making in homeland security operations.

The announcement was made this week by Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad F. Wolf, and places Nocco on a board filled with high-profile names in the fields of security and law enforcement.

Chaired by former FBI Director Judge William Webster and Vice Chairman William Bratton, former chief of both the New York and Los Angeles police departments, the council provides organizationally independent advice and recommendations to the secretary, including the creation and implementation of policies.

The 35-member council also conducts research and provides policy analysis and recommendations on a variety of security issues and evaluates the impact of security-related public and private policies in an attempt to formulate prospective security policies.

Nocco, who was appointed Pasco sheriff in 2011 by Gov. Rick Scott, was elected in his own right in 2013 and returned for his current term of office in 2017, now becomes the only elected Florida official serving on the council.

“It is an honor to be appointed to the Homeland Security Advisory Council. Having responded to the 9/11 attacks, working with public safety leaders across our state, and being involved in the legislative process, I believe I can provide a strong voice from Florida,” Nocco said in a press release. “I have an interest in tying the security of our community, state, and nation together as we have to develop innovative measures to address cyber and grid security, sharing information and intelligence, drone technology, and redefining security initiatives in the health care realm to include mental health, addiction, and pandemics. It is important to remember, as well, the important role these issues play in our economic growth and development as a nation.”