Florida transgendered sheriff resigns

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com February 25 2003 1:00 AM ET

Rachel Nicole Coy, a transgendered deputy sheriff from St. Petersburg, Fla., resigned from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office February 21, citing "personal issues" for her departure, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

Coy, 38, joined the force 11 years ago as Glenn Coy, but she starting coming to work as Rachel last October. Lt. Jerry Jackson, who supervises the platoon Coy worked in, said Saturday that the deputy's resignation was not a surprise. He said Coy had recently talked about leaving the agency. Jackson said he had tried to talk Coy into staying and that Coy was a good deputy.

"I wish [Coy] the best," Jackson said.