PInellas Sheriff Jim Coats resigning to spend time with his beloved wife, while she fights breast cancer

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Pinellas County Sheriff Jim Coats is resigning to spend more time with his wife, Cat, while she fights breast cancer.

The sheriff released the following prepared statement:

“It is after much consideration and reflection that I announce my retirement from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. My wife, Cat and I are working through some sudden and difficult health issues which now require our full attention, strength and effort.

“In October I will have served 40 years with the finest men and women in the law enforcement profession at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Cat and I would like to thank everyone for their understanding and well wishes at this time. It has been our privilege to be your public servants and we appreciate all the support we have received.

“Life can change in an instant, and we have decided to redirect our energies to this new challenge. I want to be there for Cat and share this journey with her.”

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