Sheriff-Elect Mike Williams Announces Six Appointments

May 28, 2015  
Top Row (left-right): Ray Walden, Mike Bruno, Michelle Cook /  Bottom Row (left-right): Tony Davis, Tara Wildes, Lauri-Ellen Smith

JACKSONVILLE, FL (May 28, 2015) - Sheriff Elect Mike Williams announces six appointments today, rounding out his executive staff, which includes the appointment of Pat Ivey to Undersheriff, which was announced yesterday:

Photo Caption: Top Row (left-right): Ray Walden, Mike Bruno, Michelle Cook
Bottom Row (left-right): Tony Davis, Tara Wildes, Lauri-Ellen Smith
  • Director of Patrol and Enforcement – Ray Walden – Currently serving as Assistant Division Chief for Logistics and General Support in the Support Division. His responsibilities include Supply, Property and Evidence, Civil Process, Facilities and Fleet Management. Walden’s 28 year career in law enforcement has included working in Patrol, where he served as the Zone Commander in Zone 4 and was the Assistant Chief of the JSO’s Homeland Security Section, where he oversaw SWAT, Bomb, Dive, Aviation, Canine, Gang, Intelligence and other specialty units.
  • Director of Investigations and Homeland Security – Mike Bruno - As the current Chief of Investigations, Bruno has responsibility for all of JSO’s investigative units including Homicide, Robbery, Economic Crimes, and Special Assault. He has also been responsible for all units investigating property crimes, and worked as an Assistant Chief in Logistics and General Support. He was the unit commander of Internal Affairs, overseeing all investigations into allegations of officer misconduct. His 21 year career at JSO has also included stints in three zones as both an officer and supervisor and was in the bomb squad for 10 years.
  • Director of Personnel and Professional Standards – Michelle Cook – During her 23 year tenure with the JSO, Cook led the Intelligence Unit as its Lieutenant, was a Zone Commander in the urban core, and most recently served as Chief of Patrol East, overseeing the functions and operations of three of the city’s six patrol zones. She also served as the section chief of Professional Standards, which encompasses all accreditations held by the agency and runs the training academy, sets curricula and manages all recruitment efforts for the agency.
  • Director of Police Services – Tony Davis – Now serving as the Zone Commander for the northwest part of Jacksonville (Zone 5) Davis has been instrumental in the relocation of the zone operations to its new headquarters and spearheaded community partnerships such as the New Town Success Zone. He is a 29 year veteran of the JSO, and served as a Lieutenant in two of Jacksonville’s patrol zones, and earlier in his career was a SWAT team member and was a narcotics, community affairs, burglary and robbery sergeant, and was the first supervisor assigned to the gun crimes unit.
  • Director of Corrections – Tara Wildes – Continuing in her current role as Director of Corrections, the 29 year corrections professional will continue to lead all operations of the JSO’s three corrections facilities: Montgomery Correctional Institution; John E. Goode Pre Trial Detention Facility; and the Community Transition Center and all corrections programming, including health services; Matrix House treatment program; all inmate educational and life skills programming and accreditations. She is dual certified in Corrections and Law Enforcement, and has served as Chief of both Jails and Prisons as well as Assistant Chief of Jails and Police Services.
  • Special Assistant to the Sheriff- Lauri-Ellen Smith – The 30 year public affairs/public relations professional is now in her 11th year at JSO, and continues in her responsibilities for the public information programming and strategic communications of the agency, as the sheriff’s press aide. She is accredited in her field and is a National Incident Management trainer for PIOs. She also serves as Public Information Subcommittee Chair of the Regional Domestic Security Task Force and Chairs the Public Affairs/Government/Military Section of the Public Relations Society of America.
All director appointments are subject to approval of the City Council.
“I hope the community and the men and women of the agency will join me in welcoming these hard working, qualified individuals to my team,” Williams said.
“I am confident that along with the demonstrated leadership and management skills of these men and women, my future appointments to the roles of our chiefs and assistant chiefs will likewise clearly demonstrate my commitment to keeping the promises I made: an agency that is diverse and community focused, and fosters positive relationships between police and citizens; constantly looking for ways to measure and quantify our effectiveness; and meeting and exceeding expectations in the delivery of our services.”
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