Age: 65

Family: I have been married to Judy Tharpe Roberts for 35 years. Together we have 7 children and 22 grandchildren.

Occupation: Current: Owner and operator of a successful fence business for over 31 years
Past Work Experience: Baker County Sheriff's Office for 20 years, Dispatcher, Deputy Sheriff to the rank of Lieutenant, Assigned to investigations, Evidence Control Officer, Chief of Detention Facility, Training Officer, Chief of Courtroom Security, Administrative Assistant to the Sheriff - Duties included assisting in preparing the budget, purchasing, jail management, and responsible for the administrative filing of cases which included felony, misdemeanor, traffic, and civil processes with the clerk's office; Guest speaker throughout the state of Florida including the Federal Training Facility located in Brunswick, GA, presenting on small rural jails housing high profile inmates, Law Academy Teacher at Baker County High School,Teen Court Coordinator, Trial Academy, Instructor of Law Curriculum, Voted by students as one of their "Favorite Teachers"; Department of Corrections, Supervised tool control office and inventory of tools used by inmates
Community Involvement: Actively involved in the Baker County Touchdown Club. I currently serve on the Board of Directors and I am the head coach of the senior division 49ers football team. I have been a youth football coach and mentor for over 47 years.

Education: Graduated from Baker County High School; Graduated from Lake City Community College with an AA degree and an AS degree in Management; Numerous Law Enforcement Certifications and Awards; Recipient of 2013 Sheriff's Past Service Award

Political Experience: I have been involved directly and indirectly in politics for 25 years.

What do you see as the top three issues in this race?

  1. Accountability - It is my commitment to the people of Baker County to run the clerk's office with the professionalism, accountability, and personal service that the citizens deserve. I will grow and develop the clerk's office with technology enhancements, mandatory employee continuing education, and employee-cross training so this office can provide knowledgeable and personal service to YOU the people of Baker County.
  2. Experience - I have the experience and knowledge gained from my decades of public service as a law enforcement officer and teacher as well as my business knowledge from operating a successful business for over 31 years.
  3. Understanding and sensitive to the needs of the citizens of Baker County - I will always be available to help you with any questions concerns you may have. My staff and I will be friendly and accountable to give you first class service. We will never forget that this is a public office and we are here to serve your needs.

    I have the knowledge and leadership to be YOUR clerk.


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