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Jay Baker biography: 13 things about Cherokee Sheriff’s Office’s public information officer

Jay Baker is a white man from Cherokee County, Georgia, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He lives in Canton, Cherokee County. (a)
  2. He and his wife have three children. (b)
  3. He is a member of Sixes United Methodist Church. (b)
  4. In 1987, he graduated from Cherokee High School. (c)
  5. He earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. (a) (c)
  6. In January 1993, he joined the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office in Cherokee County. He started serving at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center before moving over to the Uniform Patrol Division. (a)
  7. From 1995 to 2004, he worked in the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office’s Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad. (b) (c)
  8. From 2003 to 2005, he attended Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia where he earned his master’s degree in public administration. (a)
  9. From 2004 to 2007, he worked in the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office’s criminal investigations. (b) (c)
  10. From 2007 to 2017, he served as the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office’s public information officer and crime prevention officer. (c)
  11. In 2017, he left the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office as a lieutenant to join the Cherokee County School District Police Department with the same rank. He resigned from the school district on July 27, 2018 and resumed his role as the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office’s public information officer. (a) (c) (d)
  12. On March 30, 2020, he took to Facebook to promote T-shirts based off the Corona beer label with the words “Covid 19 IMPORTED VIRUS FROM CHY-NA.” On April 2, 2020, he posted on Facebook a photo of the same T-shirts, which he bought from Signs & Shirts. He wrote in the caption, “Love my shirt William Rownd! Get yours while they last.” He deactivated his Facebook account on March 17, 2021. (e) (f)
  13. As a captain and still the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office’s director of communications, he spoke during a press conference on March 17, 2021, discussing the crimes of Robert Aaron Long, the man who fatally shot six Asian women and one white man in Georgia on March 16, 2021. He said, “He has an issue that he considers a sex addiction and sees these locations as something that allows him to go to these places. It’s a temptation for him that he wanted to eliminate. He was pretty much fed up and kind of at the end of his rope and yesterday was a really bad day for him and this is what he did.” He was criticized for saying it was a “bad day” for Long. (e) (g)


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