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Former Ocala human resources director gets probation and community service in domestic violence case

A former Ocala city administrator who was arrested late last year in a domestic violence case pleaded no contest and was sentenced to one year probation and 40 hours of community service general.

County Judge Jim McCune found Jared Scott Sorensen guilty of battery/domestic violence, according to local court records. The sentence was part of a negotiated plea bargain between prosecutors and the defense.

Sorensen cannot return to the scene of the incident, have contact with the victims, or possess or consume alcohol. He must submit to random alcohol testing at his own expense, undergo an alcohol evaluation and counseling, and participate in and successfully complete a batterer intervention program, according to court records.

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Sorensen, 45, resolved the case in court on Wednesday. He declined to comment when approached by a Star-Banner reporter.

The case dates back to November 6

Sorensen was arrested by Ocala police on November 6. A woman said Sorensen pushed her during an argument and also hit her on the head with a hair dryer, according to the police report.

The commotion was heard by a man who was also at the residence, officers said. The man and Sorensen got into a fight, and Sorensen was restrained by the man. He said Sorensen tried to hit him.

Sorensen told officers he was avoiding the woman all night and was asleep when she woke him up. He said he did not remember hitting or fighting anyone. Officers said they smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from Sorensen’s breath.

At the time of his arrest, Sorensen was the city’s director of human resources and risk management and earned an annual salary of $154,699.15, according to city records. He resigned on November 9, three days after his arrest.

A prior disciplinary sanction in 2019

In 2019, Sorensen was suspended without pay for five days after an off-duty incident that city officials said was “determined to be conduct contrary to the best interests of the city,” according to a letter from the city manager’s office. . Details were not provided.

The letter goes on to say that any further violations of city policy “will result in additional disciplinary action, up to and including termination.”

City records show Sorensen was hired in October 2010 as assistant director of human resources. He was promoted to Director of Human Resources in May 2011.

Contact Austin L. Miller at 867-4118, [email protected] or @almillerosb.

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