The Public Information Unit is responsible for providing information to the media and the community. Deputy Andrew Ford is the agency’s Public Information Deputy and Spokesperson and is responsible for managing the agency’s social media accounts, organizing news conferences, providing community updates during active situations, and updating the agency’s website. He also attends all events held by the sheriff’s office.
In addition to handling media relations, the PIO Unit is also responsible for developing agency-wide messaging and creating graphics for the agency. This helps to ensure that the messaging and branding of the agency are consistent across all platforms.
Public Information Deputy
Andrew Ford is a 26-year law enforcement veteran who joined the Clay County Sheriff’s Office in August 2017 as a patrol deputy and school resource officer. He currently serves as the agency’s Public Information Deputy and Spokesperson, leading its strategic communications, media relations, and social media efforts. He holds a FEMA certification as an Advance Public Information Officer and is the Regional PIO Deployment Team Coordinator for the Jacksonville area’s Florida Association of Public Information Officers.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Andrew served as PIO at Florida’s Department of Emergency Management COVID-19 testing site at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL, leading strategic communication efforts.
Prior to joining CCSO, Andrew spent eight years as a supervisory special agent for the CSX Railroad Police Department in Washington, D.C., and Jacksonville, FL. He oversaw their security operations and successfully managed personnel while implementing new security protocols and policies to promote best practices in Jacksonville, FL, and Atlanta, GA. He also led efforts to train thousands of CSX employees in active shooter response.
Before moving to Florida, Andrew served 12 years with the Philadelphia Police Department as a plainclothes, school beat, and patrol officer in Philadelphia, PA.