Sheriff Offers Civilian Desk Job to Deputy Arrested for Domestic Violence
CITRUS – Heather Cogar, the former Citrus County Sheriff’s Deputy who lost her job due to a domestic violence arrest might have her job back, thanks to a recommendation by a Career Service Board.
Cogar was arrested last December after she allegedly struck her boyfriend, Brian Hesse, during a domestic dispute. Hesse is a Detective with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.
Cogar’s criminal case is still pending but on January 12th a Career Service Board suggested that a decision to terminate Cogar, by then-Sheriff Jeff Dawsy, be reversed.
This is the second time in Cogar’s 3-year career that Dawsy deemed her unfit and the second time his decision was overturned by an appeal board.
In a letter, Sheriff Mike Prendergast approved the Board’s recommendation to reinstate Cogar but decided to transfer her to the Emergency Operations Division as a civilian employee. Cogar will also have to undergo alcohol abuse and anger management courses if she accepts the offer. Prendergast further stated that he will withhold judgement on the Unlawful Conduct in the Commission of a Misdemeanor until the criminal case is resolved.
During an exclusive interview with RNRF, Cogar says “The Career Service Board is a group of 5 people chosen by the Sheriff and myself and they have spent the most time on this case out of everyone in the sheriff’s office. The hearing lasted nearly 16 hours and they learned the case inside and out and did an awesome job. I respect the time they took to expand the knowledge of the situation and make a fair, impartial decision. I think the decision they made was appropriate. As far as the Sheriff’s decision, I can’t comment on that.” Cogar says she is undecided if she will accept the Sheriff’s Offer at this time.
A decision is expected to be made by March 2nd on Cogar’s criminal charge, however, she believes the charges to be dropped much sooner.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ™2013 – 2017 Real News Real Fast, Inc.