Interim Sheriff Walsh is a 23-year law enforcement professional. Prior to his selection as interim sheriff of Clay County, he most recently served as the Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Jacksonville Regional Operations Center. His career began at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, and his overall experience includes assignments in patrol, auto theft, homicide, SWAT operator, organized crime, public integrity, training, supervision and leadership.
Sheriff Walsh has received extensive advanced training to include FDLE’s Foundational Leadership Program, Advanced Leadership Program, Florida Leadership Academy, Senior Leadership Program and the FBI’s Florida Executive Development Seminar.
Sheriff Walsh is finishing his Master of Social Work degree from the Florida State University and has traveled the state training law enforcement in Critical Incident Stress Management. He has led interventions following the Pulse nightclub attack, the Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport shooting, the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, the 2019 Sebring mass shooting, and other smaller in scale critical incidents.