Meet our candidate for Okaloosa County Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller
My name is Brad Embry, candidate for Okaloosa County Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller. My wife, Sarah, and I have been married for over 25 years. We raised our 3 children in the Niceville area and feel extremely blessed to live and work in such a great county. I earned a master’s degree from the University of West Florida in administration with a specialization in government acquisition and contract administration. I earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Troy University and an associate degree from Northwest Florida State College. I have also earned five professional certifications, to include: Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Economic Crime Forensic Examiner, Certified Inspector General, Certified Inspector General Investigator, and Certified Inspector General Auditor. I have over 25 years of public service experience in Okaloosa County. Prior to joining the Okaloosa County Clerk of Court’s Office, I gained 17 years of experience working in various capacities of law enforcement and criminal investigations with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. I joined the Okaloosa County Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller’s Office as an investigator and accreditation manager in 2015 assigned to the newly established Office of Inspector General. In this role, I was tasked with establishing investigative policies and procedures, implementing industry best practices for investigations, and seeking accreditation by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation. Accreditation is a voluntary process in which external assessors evaluate the office every three years for adherence to industry best practices as well as compliance with agency policies and procedures. I successfully led the Inspector General’s Office to accreditation three times (2017, 2020, and 2023). In 2018, I was promoted to the position of Inspector General and served in this role for a little over five years. During this time, I managed agency operations related to audits and investigations, evaluated policies and processes of county operations, evaluated internal controls, and consulted with various county departments to help improve operations. I currently serve as the Chief of Staff for the Okaloosa County Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller’s Office. In this role, I work with our staff and various stakeholders to find innovative ways to make the office accessible and transparent. I help ensure we are fulfilling all the constitutional and statutory responsibilities required of the office. I also work with our various county partners in the advancement and implementation of technology to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government operations. My goal as Clerk is to operate the office in a fiscally conservative manner, ensuring proper and effective internal controls are in place over county finances, leveraging advanced technology for ease of access to records and services and improved data security, and to work with our justice partners to develop innovative ways to share needed information more efficiently.