Jim Coats, Bernie McCabe appointed to Gov. Scott’s Violent Crime and Drug Control Council

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Gov. Rick Scott today announced three reappointments and three appointments to the Florida Violent Crime and Drug Control Council.

James F. Coats, 67, of Largo, is the Sheriff of Pinellas County. He is reappointed for a term beginning August 1, 2011, and ending June 30, 2013.

Ben F. Johnson, 61, of DeLand, is the Sheriff of Volusia County. He is reappointed for a term beginning August 1, 2011, and ending June 30, 2013.

Jeffrey A. Chudnow, 59, of Oviedo, is the chief of police for the City of Oviedo. He succeeds Edward J. Overman and is appointed for a term beginning August 1, 2011, and ending June 30, 2013.

Samuel Williams, 63, of Ocala, is the chief of police for the City of Ocala. He succeeds Norman B. Botsford and is appointed for a term beginning August 1, 2011, and ending June 30, 2013.

Dr. Stephen Nelson, 53, of Lakeland, is the District 10 Medical Examiner. He succeeds Dr. Margarita Arruza and is appointed for a term beginning August 1, 2011, and ending June 30, 2013.

Bernie J. McCabe, 63, of Clearwater, is the State Attorney for the Sixth Judicial Circuit. He is reappointed for a term beginning August 1, 2011, and ending June 30, 2013.

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