Jay Etheridge currently serves under Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater as Deputy Chief Financial Officer over law enforcement. Jay oversees the Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud, Division of State Fire Marshal and Division of Public Assistance Fraud, commanding over 500 public safety professionals. Jay has more than 32 years as a law enforcement officer in the state of Florida.

Prior to joining CFO Atwater’s team, Jay Etheridge began his law enforcement career in 1982 with the Tallahassee Police Department where he served as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Narcotics Investigator, D.A.R.E. Officer and was a five-year member of the Tactical Apprehension and Control Team. In 1990, Jay joined FDLE as a Special Agent. He served nine years on the Special Operations Team, completing his tenure as the team leader.  In 2000, he was promoted to Special Agent Supervisor for the violent crimes and narcotics squads, where he served until his promotion to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of FDLE’s Orlando Regional Operations Center in 2002. In 2003, Jay was part of a team of law enforcement professionals who developed Florida’s first Child Abduction Response Team. Jay later went on to become the Special Agent in Charge of the Pensacola Regional Operations Center and then served as Florida’s Chief of Domestic Security.

Throughout his career, Jay has spent extensive time working with local law enforcement to help solve criminal justice problems locally, regionally and statewide. In 2004 and 2005, he worked in a command position on every major hurricane in Florida and Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi.

Jay is a graduate of Florida State University and the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy Session #238.
Jay also gives of his time serving his community. Currently he serves on his church’s Youth Council, is president of the Men’s Ministry, board member for Big Bend Habitat for Humanity and for the Pregnancy Help and Information Center.

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