The Patrol & Community Affairs Department is led by Director David Barnes and consists of the Community Affairs Section, the Traffic Unit, Marine Unit, the K9 Unit, Patrol North Section, Patrol South Section, and a Task Force Unit.
Our deputies are committed to serving the community through the effective response to citizen calls for service. They provide crime prevention programs and lead efforts to enforce the laws while proudly protecting and serving the citizens in Clay County.
The Patrol Division is led by Chief Jeff Johnson and is generally considered the backbone of the sheriff’s office. Assistant Chief of Patrol North Domenic Paniccia and Assistant Chief of Patrol South Baylor Alexander round off the leadership of the largest group of deputies in the agency. This team’s effectiveness is measured every day by the variety of calls deputies must be prepared to answer and the effectiveness with which they handle each call. Our deputies respond to reports of crime, conduct traffic control and enforcement, perform community policing functions and coordinate efforts with the investigators who are called upon to follow up on many cases that originate from patrol’s calls for service.
The Community Affairs Division consists of the Community Affairs Section and the Patrol Support Section. Our Traffic Unit, Marine Unit, K9 Unit, Community Affairs deputies, Public Service Aides, VIP coordinator, and our PAL deputies fall under the leadership of Chief Patrick Golemme.