NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County sheriff’s spokesman Doug Tobin will move to a new office next week — the West Pasco Government Center.
County Administrator Michele Baker said Wednesday she hired Tobin to be the county’s first full-time public information director. She said that out of more than 30 candidates, he was the only one who came with a 90-day plan.
“He has an excellent relationship already with the media in this market, and he knows us and our business,” Baker said. “He really wants to help us improve the Pasco County brand.”
Baker said one of Tobin’s first tasks will be to coordinate a media campaign with the Florida Department of Transportation regarding the proposed elevated toll road over State Road 54-56.
A former Bay News 9 anchor and reporter, Tobin joined the sheriff’s office in 2004 and has worked there for much of the last decade. He spent 13 months as spokesman for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. He told the Tribune his experience should translate well to the county position — especially during times of crisis.
“I’m used to phone calls at 2 a.m.,” he said.
Tobin said he looks forward to managing the county’s television channel, PCTV, and working with former colleagues in the county’s consolidated communications office.
“I’ve had the opportunity to work for two sheriffs — Sheriff (Bob) White and Sheriff (Chris) Nocco — and I consider myself very fortunate,” he said. “I’ve also won awards for just about every category there is for PIOs, including PIO of the Year.”
Nocco said Baker made “a terrific pick” with Tobin.
“It will help strengthen the bond between the sheriff’s office and the county commissioners,” he said. “I have great memories from working with Doug. He’s a great fit for the county.”
Tobin earned his journalism degree at Bowling Green State University. He starts Feb. 17.