St. Johns County


Office of the Sheriff

The Office of the Sheriff is a division comprised of multiple organizational functions:

  • Internal Affairs
  • Community Affairs
  • Crime Prevention
  • Media Relations

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.

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