Public Information Officer Catherine Rodriguez has more than five years of experience as a Community Relations Coordinator and Public Information Officer as well as experience in media relations and crisis communication. Prior to her employment with the Walton County Sheriff’s office Catherine’s has worked for the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, the University of West Florida and the US Embassy in Honduras. While at the US Embassy, Catherine worked with senior members of the US Country Team such as the US Ambassador, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Regional Security Office, as well as key members of the Honduran Government covering political unrest, crime, drug and arms trafficking and a host of other issues.
Catherine holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of West Florida and a Bachelor of Arts from Auburn University and has taught as an Adjunct Professor at Northwest Florida State College.
What is Public Record?
Chapter 119, Florida Statutes, commonly known as Florida’s “Public Records Law,” provides information on public records in Florida, including policies, definitions, exemptions and general information on access, inspection and duplication of records. By definition, public records include all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, tapes, photographs, films, sound recordings, data processing software, or other material, regardless of the physical form, characteristics, or means of transmission, made or received pursuant to law or ordinance or in connection with the transaction of official business by any agency.
Out of all government entities subject to Ch. 119, F.S., law enforcement probably is entitled to claim the largest number of exemptions, depending on the classification of the offense committed and the victim involved. Additionally, any information that could jeopardize an active investigation, endanger a deputy or citizen (especially children) typically is exempt from public disclosure.
Public Records requests can be made to Nyleah Clark or Sharon Manning at 892-8186.