Sheriff Rich Nugent has proudly and dutifully answered the call to serve his country and community for more than forty years. As a young man he served in our Armed Forces and as Sheriff, he has fought to clean up our streets. He is a strong fiscal conservative who walks the talk, returning to Hernando County more than $2 million in 2009 alone. Sheriff Nugent will take his conservative principles to our nation’s capital and clean up this Congress.
In 1969, Rich Nugent joined the Illinois Air National Guard where he proudly served for six years until he was honorably discharged in 1975. During that time, he began his career in public safety and law enforcement. Since 1972 Rich has dedicated his career to serving and protecting his community. In 1984 he joined the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office where he rose through the ranks and was elected Sheriff in 2000 and again in 2004 and 2008.
Around Hernando County, Sheriff Nugent is known not just as a law enforcement official in the community, but as a dedicated contributor to the community. He was a charter member of the Spring Hill Rotary Club and Chairman of the YMCA’s Capital Campaign. From 2003-2009 he served on the Board of Directors for the Hernando County Fair and is also the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Dawn Center Domestic Violence Shelter. He was also a fixture at his sons’ various sporting events where he was both a youth soccer coach with the Spring Hill Soccer Club and spent 12 years as a coach and director for the Spring Hill Dixie Baseball League.
In 1975, Rich married the love of his life, Wendy. Together they have three boys. Their oldest son, Ryan, graduated from West Point in 2004. Since his graduation he has served one year in South Korea, a 15 month combat tour in Afghanistan and is currently Captain and Company Commander of the US Army’s 82nd Airborne division. Rich and Wendy’s second son, Kyle, is an Army ROTC member at the University of Tampa. Upon his graduation in August of 2010, he will be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army Reserve. On May 22nd, 2010, Rich and Wendy returned to West Point to attend the commencement and commissioning of their youngest son, Casey. He is now a 2nd Lieutenant and will serve in the US Army’s 1st Infantry Division. The Nugent family has been members of the First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill since 1985.