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Sheriff's Office News Releases

Career Service Appeal

PUBLISHED:Thu February 2, 2017

Osceola County, Florida – Osceola County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Marcos Lopez had his career service appeal board today in reference to discipline received after the findings of an internal investigation. The board consisted of two Sheriff’s Office employees that were selected by the appellant, two Sheriff’s Office employees that were chosen by the Sheriff’s Office, and a fifth member that acted as a chairman, who was agreed upon by the other board members.

At the conclusion of the hearing, the board voted on the violations and the discipline. In a 3-2 vote, the board members upheld all of the violations which included; Violation of Rules, Violation of Unbecoming Conduct, and Violation of Criticism. The board did vote in a 4-1 decision to amend the discipline from a demotion and a forty-hour suspension to a demotion from Sergeant to Deputy Sheriff with no suspension.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office encourages its employees to utilize the disciplinary appeal process. The system has been established to protect the rights of the employees and to ensure that the disciplinary process is fair.