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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.

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  • Must be an issue with citrus county sheriffs office being as that bonura still is employed!

    Friday, 3 February 2017, 10:35 pm
  • Lets show the nutter some love, she will do something stupid again since that seems to be her MO.

    Wednesday, 1 February 2017, 2:12 am
  • Did anyone think that most abusive relationships the guy will make a complete of her to have more control, they lie to cops, call her the mental one every time. she deserves a chance to have her life back. happens and you gotta stand up for yourself at times.and it’s called battery.

    Tuesday, 31 January 2017, 12:32 pm
    • Heather Cogar is a alcoholic and a POS. She was cheating on her boyfriend with another deputy and got caught. You can find her at The Loft in Crystal River ever week. She’s like a village bicycle everybody has had a chance to ride. She’s seen more peckers than a bar urinal. She deserves to lose everything. She’s got charges against her for not telling 5 guys she had an std also.

      Monday, 9 October 2017, 1:56 pm
  • Its Not Who YA Know But! Who YA BLOW : )

    Saturday, 28 January 2017, 7:27 am
  • I don’t see the charges being dropped considering domestic battery is a hot topic in Florida right now….hence the new “domestic violence unit” that was formed at ccso through a grant from the state very recentyl

    Friday, 27 January 2017, 11:25 pm
  • I can’t get hired at the sheriff for a background arrest why should she? Nothing like double standards!

    Friday, 27 January 2017, 4:07 pm
    • Sure you can.Get a wig,some lipstick,knee pads and apply to Klapka

      Saturday, 28 January 2017, 7:44 am
    • Just get a wig,lipstick and knee pads,and apply to Klapka……(repost,the first was omitted)

      Saturday, 28 January 2017, 3:50 pm
  • OMG, That’s hilarious Mike!!! I award trophy of the day on this post. Bahahaha ?

    Friday, 27 January 2017, 2:57 pm
  • Tater sauces on space ships crossed Kathmandu did you see Food was driving.

    Friday, 27 January 2017, 12:50 pm
    • you need your own comedy stage, i hear springbrook is taking in people still.

      Saturday, 28 January 2017, 11:29 pm
  • I get it domestic violence is nothing to ignore but I wouldnt be able call in on my gf if she gave me a slap and it didnt leave injury. I just couldnt. If I felt it was serious, I would end the relationship but I would only get law enforcement involved she got me hard enough I had to be transported for hospital care and treatment. Ive seen people arrested in this county for a pasta noodle landing in some ones hair on domestic violence. I mean come on, ok she needs to rethink her life and her career and she needs to be held to a higher standard but hes also in law enforcement and he got all worked up.. I was an officer for years. You work things out. Relationships are not hugs and kisses 24 7. Especially in law enforcement. Its a tough job and is very stressful. Sometimes you just need to take a walk aside from and go ahead and deny it but females can get very emotional. Im sure she just didnt slap him bc it was part of some kinky thing they had going. I can only imagine what was leading up to it. Law enforcement females have to be tough but like any one they can go over the top. Hopefully she doesnt run her career like her personal life.

    Thursday, 26 January 2017, 9:47 pm

      Friday, 27 January 2017, 2:05 am
  • LOOSE CANNON AND A DRUNK. THIS IS LUDICROUS ! !!!!! Feel sorry for the sherriff . He tried, can’t fault him.

    Thursday, 26 January 2017, 5:56 pm
  • Back in the old days, officers were never trained until they had under gone a competitive assessment, with psychological exams, lie detector, and drug testing. Then they were interviewed. Only about 1 percent of those applying were eventually hired, trained and put on the road. We need to go back to that.

    Thursday, 26 January 2017, 4:58 pm
  • She’s a buddy of the womanizing Steve Klapka’s. Enough said.

    Thursday, 26 January 2017, 4:53 pm
  • Are you kidding me ???? Let’s erode more of publics confidence. 4 or 5 yesrs or so ago you had off duty sherriff’s deputy almost head on an on duty deputy on Old Floral City Rd. because off duty was so drunk. They didn’t field sobriety test him, they brought his wife to the scene to drive him & car home ; his punishment ???? They “demoted” him to TEACHING GRADE SCHOOLERS SOME COURSE !!! NOW ANOTHER DRUNK GETS GOOD OLE BOY TREATMENT !!!!
    The world goes to hell in a handbasket.

    Thursday, 26 January 2017, 2:13 pm
  • Can someone please explain to me why she is getting another chance?! If she didn’t know the people she knows she would be screwed. This just goes to show that as long as you know the right people you literally get away with anything. I’ve known this girl since before she worked for the sheriffs department, she was a drunken mess then and apparently nothing has changed.

    Thursday, 26 January 2017, 2:11 pm
  • Deemed unfit in a three year time frame and yet she gets another job offer. Maybe she’s one who got into this profession with hopes of covering her own crimes? Get rid of her!!! She’s a violent drunk!!

    Thursday, 26 January 2017, 1:33 pm
  • This deputy is a disgrace to the whole department. Let her walk, she’ll be back one day in handcuffs.

    Thursday, 26 January 2017, 12:56 pm
    • If this woman has a problem with Alcohol abuse then offer her help to manage her life and change her life style. Many good people have been ruined by alcohol because they didn’t know help was available. She may turn out to be the best county employee you have.

      Thursday, 26 January 2017, 1:27 pm
      • She needs to be held accountable before she gets help. Getting/giving help is not a defense for crimes. This lady should lose her job. Equal rights is what millions of ladies recently marched for. This is exactly what that March is trying to stop, different treatment for men and women. Had this been a man, chances are he would have lost his job. Great job sherrif Dawsy! You tried to hold all your officers to the same standard.

        Thursday, 26 January 2017, 3:28 pm
      • Very True..

        Thursday, 26 January 2017, 5:34 pm
        • Very True..Concerned

          Thursday, 26 January 2017, 5:36 pm
  • This is Why That I Have Always Said Never SH*T Where You Eat! A Dog Won’t Even Sh*t Where it Eats. Though it is Popular in Hospital Workers & School Board Employees. And Now Deputy”s! Think People

    Thursday, 26 January 2017, 12:48 pm

      Thursday, 26 January 2017, 6:26 pm

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