NEW PORT RICHEY — Five months after being named interim chief, Kim Bogart has been appointed as the new chief of police in New Port Richey.
A swearing-in ceremony will take place Thursday afternoon.
Bogart, 60, replaced Chief James Steffans, who joined the Pasco Sheriff’s Office in March as its chief of forensics and SWAT team commander. Bogart is the third New Port Richey police chief since Jeffrey Harrington left the department in October 2011.
Bogart’s law enforcement career has spanned nearly four decades. He began with the Tampa Police Department in 1975, later joining the Pasco Sheriff’s Office in 1985 as a captain. He left the department in 2001.
Bogart spent 10 years as a reserve St. Lucie Sheriff’s Office deputy and in 2010 took over as the interim chief of corrections of the Osceola County Jail.
He also served as the executive director of the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission for 13 years. He was as an assessor, instructor and team leader for the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation for 15 years.
Bogart served as the principle of a law enforcement consulting company, Bogart & Associates Consulting and Training, that developed procedures and polices for police departments and sheriff’s offices that are pursuing law enforcement accreditation.
Bogart, who has lived in New Port Richey for the past nearly 30 years, will take over a police department with at least 40 officers and a communications and support staff of about 10. That crew oversees a 5-square-mile portion of New Port Richey.
A ceremony will be held at 1:15 p.m. Thursday at the New Port Richey Police Department, 6739 Adams St., where Bogart will take the oath of office.