Special election for Jacksonville sheriff: Interview with candidate Wayne Clark

Special Election for sheriff is August 23rd

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Duval County voters have a big decision coming up -- who will become the next sheriff?

That person will lead an agency of more than 3,000 employees with a $550 million budget. Action News Jax has highlighted each of the five candidates running for sheriff, including Wayne Clark. You can watch our full interview with Clark below.

Wayne Clark

Wayne Clark has 40 years of law enforcement experience, 30 of which was with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. He started as a JSO correction officer and worked his way up to a division chief. He left to become the Chief of Police for the Jacksonville Aviation Authority and then Chief for the Duval Public School Police.

When asked about the biggest issue he would address first as sheriff, Clark replied, “I think one of the biggest things we need to do is change the culture and climate of our officers to return back to community policing and understand that our job is to serve and to protect.” He added, “How can we find a way to work together to build what I call my five pillars of trust, accountability, accessibility, compassion and transparency as we go about providing professional law enforcement service to the citizens all over Jacksonville.”