Public Information Unit

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The Clay County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Unit is charged with disseminating information to the community and to the media. The unit accomplishes that through the agency’s social media platforms, interviews with the media, and the agency website. The members that make up the unit handle the agency’s social media accounts, media interviews, news conference organization, active situation community updates, the agency website, and appear at all of the events held by the sheriff’s office. To reach the PIO Unit, email pio@claysheriff.com. All records requests should go through mediarequest@claysheriff.com.

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Sergeant Kenny West

West oversees the PIO Unit. He has 28 years of law enforcement experience and started his career at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. West has spent 21 years of his career with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, where he has been a part of the Community Affairs Division, the Patrol Division, the Robbery/Homicide Unit, Operation Safe Streets, courthouse security, and Juvenile Crime Unit. West also oversees the Clay Police Athletic League and CCSO Explorers program.

PIO Deputy Drew Ford

Ford is a 22 year law enforcement veteran who started his career with the Philadelphia Police Department and worked for the CSX Police Department, where he served as a supervisory special agent in several areas within the agency. In 2017, he joined the Clay County Sheriff’s Office where he served as a patrol deputy and a school resource officer.

PIO Deputy Ronnie Freshour 

Freshour has served his community since 2005 in various areas of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office to include being a Public Service Aide, Emergency Communications Operator, Patrol Deputy and a Detective in the General investigations Section.  Ronnie’s current focus is to build upon the future and growth of community he serves, by engaging with the community and networking with other agencies while attending community outreach events and interacting on various platforms of social media.

PIO Laura Shassberger 

Shassberger spent ten years working as a TV news reporter in Gainesville, Florida, and in Huntsville, Alabama. She’s worked for WUFT, WUFT-FM, ESPN 850, TV 20 News, WGFL CBS4/WNBW NBC 9, and WHNT News 19, where she worked her way to up to bureau chief of northeast Alabama. A graduate from the University of Florida, Shassberger coordinates, shoots, and edits the news release video content disseminated on the agency’s social media accounts and website, which are aimed to provide informative, engaging messaging for the community.

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