Monday, December 18, 2017
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Pinellas County Sheriff's employee resigns under investigation related to domestic violence arrest

LARGO — A civilian Pinellas County Sheriff's Office employee resigned Tuesday while under an internal investigation that began after he was arrested on domestic battery charges.

Joshua Volz, 36, was arrested by Largo police July 17, after he choked and hit his wife during an argument at their Largo home, according to his arrest report. The former criminal justice specialist was put on unpaid administrative leave.

He was scheduled to go before a disciplinary review board Oct. 19 but resigned, said Sheriff Bob Gualtieri.

Volz said in an interview Tuesday that he resigned because the unpaid leave was putting a financial strain on his family. He added that he and his wife, Robin, are working things out.

"This was definitely a hard thing to go through for both of us, but we're working the best that we can with each other," he said.

Robin Volz, 31, said she didn't want state prosecutors to pursue the case and was told they would be dropping the charges. Bruce Bartlett, the chief assistant state attorney for Pasco and Pinellas counties, said his office is dropping the felony domestic battery by strangulation charge but is pursuing a misdemeanor domestic battery charge.

Gualtieri said the status of the case doesn't matter when it comes to Volz's discipline within the Sheriff's Office and would have fired him.

Volz started at the Sheriff's Office in October 2006 as a detention deputy, Gualtieri said. In 2013, he was suspended after police arrested him based on accusations he violated a domestic violence injunction filed by his ex-wife. Prosecutors did not pursue the charge, court records show.

He was demoted in 2014 to the criminal justice specialist job, which consists of administrative work, after a fight between an inmate and a deputy, Gualtieri said. Volz refused to help out his colleague. Volz said he was limited in what he could do because he sprained his ankle on the way to the fight.

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