Atlantic Beach Police Chief Michelle Cook Runs For Clay Sheriff

Jan 9, 2020

Atlantic Beach Police Chief Michelle Cook has joined a crowded field looking to become Clay County’s next sheriff.

Cook, a Republican, signed paperwork Wednesday to run, according to the Clay County Supervisor of Elections website.

Embattled incumbent Republican Sheriff Darryl Daniels is facing a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation surrounding an extramarital affair with a subordinate officer when he worked at the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

As of Thursday afternoon, Daniels had not filed to run for re-election or announced whether he will pursue a second term.

Other Candidates Running For Clay County Sheriff

Cook will be facing off against other law enforcement veterans, including Republican Ben Carroll, who is a retired emergency management specialist/SWAT team member at the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, according to his Facebook page.

Former FDLE agent Mike Taylor, also a Republican, is running again following a failed run for sheriff in 2008.

Republican Harold Rutledge is a former Clay County commissioner who also has a long history in the criminal justice field.

Retired Navy Chief Catherine Webb is also running as a Republican.

Bill Bortzfield can be reached at, 904-358-6349 or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.