HISTORY OF PASCO COUNTY, FLORIDA
New Port Richey Police Chiefs
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||YEARS IN OFFICE
|Louis Henry “Dutch” Meeth
||Elected Marshal in 1924, defeating Frank
Boshaw, V. O. Safranek, and E. H. Hill, although some of these
candidates may have dropped out of the race. By 1925 he had the title Chief of Police.
Meeth was still chief in 1931. b. 1879; d. 1954.
||Referred to as police chief on Jan. 19, 1934, and Nov. 1934.
b. 1865; d. 1950. His obituary has: “Mr. Boshaw, who came to New Port Richey over 25 years ago,
was in his younger days connected with sawmilling and logging operations
in Michigan. He had served as chief of police of New Port Richey for
several years in the 1930s and had been a special police officer since
on many occasions.”
||Referred to as police chief on Feb. 8, 1935.
On Oct. 4, 1935, the New Port Richey Press reported, “At the meeting Tuesday, the
resignation of Clyde Lapham, chief of police, was accepted
and John Lackey was immediately appointed to the post.”
Sept. 16, 1936, a newspaper referred to “John Lackey, New Port Richey Police
Chief for the past 11 months….”
On Oct. 22, 1937, the County Commission appointed Lackey as traffic officer.
|A. C. Black
|M. N. Olson
||Named chief in January 1938. Resigned to take a position with the new sheriff, Leslie Bessenger.
||On Jan. 3, 1941, a newspaper reported that
Foskett is acting as chief of police,
in place of M. N. Olson, who it is stated will take a position with the county’s new sheriff, Leslie Bessenger.
Foskett is mentioned as police chief on Feb. 6, 1942.
|W. M. Gaddis
||Mentioned as police chief on Feb. 27, 1942.
|Basil E. Gaines
||? to 1942
||In Oct. 1942 the New Port Richey Press
reported, “Mayor Grey reported that Basil E. Gaines had tendered
his resignation as police chief, due to the fact that
he had joined the Navy. He advised council that Irving Warburton
had been appointed in his place.”
|Irving N. Warburton
||Mentioned on Oct. 16, 1942.
On Jan. 21, 1944, a newspaper reported, “Chief of Police I. M. Warburton
has resigned his position with the city effective Saturday. …
Dr. Brookman stated that Joseph J. Fraddosio at present
constable for this district would take
over Chief Warburton’s duties when he leaves Saturday.”
In March 1944 Warburton announced his candidacy for
Justice of the Peace.
|Joseph J. Fraddosio
||On Feb. 15, 1945,
the Tampa Tribune reported “Elmer Trufant has taken over the job
of police chief of New Port Richey. He succeeded Joseph Fraddosio,
who resigned. Trufant had a number of years’
experience as a policeman in New York city.”
|Russell M. Thomas
||? – 1947
||On July 5, 1947, city council fired Police Chief Russell M. Thomas. Elmer Trufant
was appointed acting chief.
|Elmer Trufant (acting)
||On Dec. 20, 1947, city council accepted the
resignation of Elmer Trufant and appointed Verbie Barga as his successor.
|Verbie Clifford Barga
||Barga came here from Bradford, Ohio. He
was born on Jan. 26, 1897, and died in office on June 16, 1960.
||Morrison was appointed temporary chief in July 1960.
|Chelcie E. (Spike) Barga
||Chelcie Barga was appointed on a temporary basis last Tuesday,
reported a newspaper on April 7, 1961. He resigned on Nov. 1, 1969.
||Cartwright was appointed chief in Nov. 1969. On Jan. 15, 1971, a newspaper reported that he had recently resigned.
||Named acting chief on Jan. 15, 1971. Resigned in mid-February 1972, at which time John Short was named acting chief.
||Name acting chief on Feb. 22, 1972, and appointed chief in April 1972.
|James C. Bottner
||Appointed by city manager Jack Theurer on Jan. 2, 1976. Fired by city manager Charles McCool for
insubordination on Feb. 11, 1986.
Bottner was replaced by a “management steering committee”
of two high-ranking police officers and the city personnel administrator.
||Selected on Oct. 21, 2003. Retired on Oct. 31, 2003,
Capts. Darryl Garman and Martin Rickus will run the
dept, which employs about 50 people
including 32 officers.
||Named new chief by city manager Gerald Seeber. Retired in June 2010.
||Appointed by city manager John Schneiger. Served 14 months as chief, then accepted
a position in the sheriff’s office.
||Named acting chief in Oct. 2011, and officially became police chief on Dec. 13, 2011.
Resigned March 16, 2013, to join the sheriff’s office.
||Appointed interim chief in March 2013 and chief in August 2013.
In 1921 the New Port Richey Press reported on a robbery of the local drug store
and wrote, “At the present time we have no police protection, whereas, if we
were incorporated, we should at least be in a position to employ a town marshal.”
On Oct. 16, 1925, the New Port Richey Press reported that E. A. Leeston-Smith,
Fred J. How, and W. K. Jahn were appointed as special police officers.
On Oct. 30, 1925, the New Port Richey Press referred to Mr. How as Director
of Day Police.
On Nov. 6, 1925, the New Port Richey Press reported the appointment of Clyde J.
Lapham as special police at the Pagoda dancing pavilion.
On Dec. 4, 1925, the New Port Richey Press reported, “The council went into
executive session for the consideration of the appointment of a day
police officer. L. C. Poole offered to act in this capacity for the
month of December without charge to the city. His officer was
accepted and Mr. Poole was appointed. The city agreed to furnish
him with a uniform. He was sworn in by the mayor on Friday and has been
doing duty all day directing traffic at the intersection of Main
street and the Boulevard where the street is torn up by the
installation of the sewer system.”
On Dec. 11, 1925, the New Port Richey Press reported, “A. H. Kolb, representing
the Parent-Teachers Association, appeared before the council and complained
of the fast driving in the school zones, especially along the
Boulevard by the high school. This matter was left in the hands
of police Officer L. C. Pool for attention.”
In January 1943 Russell Thomas of New Port Richey was named Acting Constable
for Pasco County District 2 during the military service of Joseph L. Fraddosio.
On Nov. 26, 1943, the New Port Richey Press reported, “Charles
H. Hunter was named as special police
for election day.”
At a city council meeting on Dec. 1, 1948, New Port Richey
city council passed a resolution requesting Pasco County Sheriff
Leslie Bessenger and the Office of State Shell Fish Commission
against alleged net fishing occurring at night.
It was pointed out that the city lacked sufficient police
power to adequately handle the situation.