The Office of the Sheriff is a division comprised of multiple organizational functions:
- Internal Affairs
- Community Affairs
Matthew Cline, Undersheriff
Matthew Cline has been the Undersheriff of the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office since July of 2015. Prior to that, he spent seven years as the General Counsel for the SJSO. Before coming to the SJSO, he spent six years as an Assistant State Attorney in the 7th Judicial Circuit where he served as the managing attorney for the homicide unit within the State Attorney’s Office.
The Undersheriff assists the Sheriff in supervising the daily operation of the agency, participates in the planning process for present and future conditions, and assists the divisions in attaining agency goals and mission. He is also considered the head of the Office of the Sheriff.
The Internal Affairs Unit is managed by Lieutenant Jay Lawing. The unit is responsible for investigating all serious complaints filed against an employee or related to actions taken by the Agency. Feedback from the community, both positive and negative, is monitored by this section. If you have a comment, please complete the Citizen Comment Form and submit it to our office.
The Community Affairs Unit is managed by Lieutenant Jim Priester. This unit is responsible for programs such as Community Watch Partners, Safe Trak, CARE, Drug Court, Cuddly Care, and Operation Medicine Cabinet. Social media, Media Relations, Publications, and Video Production are also parts of this unit. Members of this unit will be the first to greet you when you visit the Sheriff’s Office. They help with conducting the Civilian Law Enforcement Academy as well as the Sheriff’s Office Volunteer Program and the STAR (Staying in Touch After Retirement) Program.