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At swearing in, Bob Dillinger says it’s his last term as Pinellas/Pasco public defender

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The event was set up as a festive ceremony to swear in six of Pinellas County’s constitutional officers. But amid the laughter, hugs and cheers, there were some serious moments. One came just after Pinellas-Pasco public defender Bob Dillinger was sworn in by Anthony Rondolino, chief judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit. In a voice choked with emotion, Dillinger announced that this would be his “last term as public defender for the Sixth Judicial Circuit.” Dillinger did not offer reasons…

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Pinellas sets swearing-in for constitutional officers

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Swearing-in of Pinellas County’s incoming constitutional officers will be Jan. 3. The ceremony, which will be open to the public, will be at 5:30 p.m. in the historic Pinellas County Courthouse located at 324 S Fort Harrison Ave. in Clearwater. A reception in the courthouse lobby will follow the reception. Two of the constitutional officers are being sworn in for the first time. They are Mike Twitty, who will succeed outgoing property appraiser Pam Dubov. Dubov is leaving to enter…

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Mike Mikurak schedules two fundraisers

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Mike Mikurak has scheduled two fundraisers this month to help finance his run for the Pinellas County Commission. The first event is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 13 at the home of The first event is planned for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 13 at the home of Joe and JoAnn White in Largo. The host committee reads like a Who’s Who of local Republicans. The committee includes Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, state Sens.…

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Republican Pinellas Tax Collector candidate to hold fundraiser Wednesday

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Charles Thomas has scheduled a fundraiser for his bid to be Pinellas County’s next tax collector. The event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Marina Cantina, 45 Causeway Blvd., Clearwater Beach. If you want to go, you need to RSVP by contacting Charles@VoteCharlesThomas.com or (727) 201-5456. The list of hosts for the event reads like a Who’s Who of the Pinellas Republican Party. The hosts include state Sens. Jack Latvala and Jeff Brandes; state Reps. Chris Latvala and…

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Pinellas County Tax Collector candidate Charles Thomas holding May 3 campaign kick-off reception

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A campaign kick-off reception honoring Pinellas County Tax Collector candidate Charles Thomas is slated for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, at Bascom’s Chop House in Clearwater. Thomas, a Republican and long-time Pinellas resident, has served as the county’s Chief Deputy Tax Collector since 2000, the same year Pinellas’ outgoing Tax Collector Diane Nelson, was elected to her post. Before linking up with Pinellas’ tax collector team, Thomas worked as the program manager for Gordon-Darby Inc. There, he was responsible for…

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Pinellas Commission will see 2016 Legislative Session through before discussing marijuana civil citations

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Pinellas County Commission’s work session on civil citations for marijuana possession is expected to take place sometime after the 2016 Legislative Session. That’s according to a letter from Commission Chair Charlie Justice to Pinellas’ Clerk of the Circuit Court, Ken Burke. “The ultimate policy decision will be made by the County Commission after evaluating any statutory changes made by the Florida Legislature during their early Session,” wrote Justice. The letter was in response to Burke’s letter to Public Defender Bob Dillinger,…

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Pinellas task force wants pre-arrest diversion program for minor marijuana possession, not civil citation ordinance

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Pinellas might not be developing any civil citation programs for minor marijuana possession, but could instead lean towards a pre-arrest diversion program for the offense and others like it. A task force assembled by Clerk of the Court Ken Burke met January 7 to develop a rough outline for the program, which is being based, in part, on Pinellas County’s juvenile diversion program, in which some minors are dealt with through peer review, sanctions, counseling and community service, while also being…

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