Cocoa Police Veteran Employee Donna Dallaire Retires After 16 Years of Outstanding Service
By Space Coast Daily // July 29, 2021
DEDICATED PUBLIC SERVANT: Will continue with the agency as a volunteer
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Cocoa Police Department veteran employee Donna Dallaire will retire Thursday after 16 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Cocoa.
Dallaire served the city of Cocoa since February 28, 2005, and below are some highlights of her career.
First assignment at Cocoa Police Department: Part-time records clerk.
■ Most memorable moment? My most memorable moment, there are so many. But I think the most memorable moment is a day when I sat with a mother whose son had been in a horrible motorcycle accident.
All I could do was sit with her and listen to her grief and try to be a comfort. That day really touched me, because we had previous interactions that weren’t always positive, but at that moment all feelings or issues were put aside because we were both moms and she was dealing with a tragedy.
The most important thing we can do as public servants, I think, is to do the best we can to help people, no matter what the circumstance, no matter what occurred in the past.
■ Most noteworthy accomplishments? Going from a part-time records clerk to the Lead Records clerk (with limited office experience) in a short time; and leading that department for 14 years, along with some great supervisors.
■ Advice for those who come after you? Always put public service first, and be kind, you never know what someone else is going through. Also, you have to be flexible in this field and go with the flow, be a fair and honest leader and support your staff and your officers.
■ Lead by example and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. This is a great agency to work for, be grateful for your opportunities, and take time to appreciate each and every day.
Donna says she is looking forward to spending time with her grandchildren, reading, and hanging out by the pool.
“Because she can’t totally leave us she plans to continue with the agency as a volunteer. Her expertise in capturing and recording crime data will undoubtedly help us continue our accuracy in crime reporting,” said Cocoa police officials.
“Thank you for your faithful and dedicated service to the citizens of Cocoa. Enjoy your retirement!”
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