At the start of his speech, Hernando’s top cop for one more day said he would try not to get emotional. He failed. “You guys have been,” Sheriff Richard Nugent began, his voice breaking slightly. He paused for a moment and cleared his throat, ” … my whole life.” “You will be sorely missed,” he said. “But you know, nothing stays the same.”
First elected in 2000, Nugent addressed the upper ranks of Sheriff’s Office for the last time Thursday morning. About 50 people — corporals and above, as well as civilian supervisors — gathered in the training room of the Emergency Operations Center for a regularly scheduled quarterly meeting.