Chief Legal Counsel
Thea Clark joined the Sheriff’s Office as an attorney in 2001 and currently serves as Chief Legal Counsel. Mrs. Clark’s primary duties include overseeing a legal staff of six attorneys, defending the Sheriff’s Office and deputies in federal and state courts, acting as a legal instructor for the Training Division, providing guidance and legal expertise to the Sheriff and deputies in the field, reviewing Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures to assure compliance with federal and state law, reviewing contracts and public records requests, and responding to high liability incidents.
Mrs. Clark has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas and received her law degree from South Texas College of Law in 1996. Mrs. Clark has been licensed to practice law in both Texas and Florida since 1997. Mrs. Clark is an active litigator in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the United States Middle District Court of Florida, the Second District Court of Appeals of Florida and the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Courts in Hillsborough County.