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Deputy who changed identity resigns

By JAMIE JONES, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 23, 2003

When Deputy Glenn Coy announced his decision to become a woman, he vowed that the changes in his life would not prevent him from doing his job at the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Glenn Coy became Rachel Nicole Coy. She said she would continue serving as a deputy "unless other things happen."

It appears that other things have happened.

Coy, an 11-year veteran of the agency, resigned last week because of "personal issues," said sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll. Coy submitted her resignation late Thursday and it was effective Friday, Doll said.

Coy, 38, could not be reached for comment.

Doll said the Sheriff's Office recently learned about a Web site that possibly featured Coy. The site contains some nudity and offers two women for companionship.

Doll said he did not know for sure whether Coy was on the site.

"We became aware of the site and he resigned shortly thereafter," Doll said.

Doll would not comment on whether the Sheriff's Office had planned an internal investigation into Coy's private life before she resigned.

Coy also is involved in a custody dispute with her ex-wife.

In November, Coy told the Times that her three ex-wives were not taking the news well and were not letting Coy see her three children, then 5, 11 and 12.

During the same interview, Coy said she had always felt like a woman on the inside.

At 12, Coy dressed as a girl for Halloween and the boys whistled, she said. That made Coy feel good.

Coy decided last year to change her appearance. She started taking female hormones and had work done on her face and breasts.

On Oct. 24, she went to work for the first time dressed as a woman, walking into the West Pasco Judicial Center wearing high heels.

"This is more or less like a new adventure," Coy said then. "There's going to be hurdles for sure, but I can get over hurdles."

Lt. Jerry Jackson, who supervises the platoon Coy worked in, said on Saturday that the deputy's resignation was not a surprise.

Jackson said Coy had recently talked about leaving the agency. Jackson said he had tried to talk Coy into staying. He said Coy was a good deputy.

"I wish him the best," Jackson said.

-- Times files were used in this report. Jamie Jones is the police reporter in Pasco County and can be reached at (727) 869-6245 or toll free at 1-800-333-7505, ext. 6245. Send e-mail to jjones@sptimes.com.

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