Commissioner Gayward Hendry is serving his first term as a County Commissioner representing District 5. Hendry currently serves as the Clay County Board of County Commissioner’s liaison to the Clay County Council on Aging and serves on the Juvenile Justice Council (Teen Court).
Gayward is a retired CWO3 from the United States Marine Corps Reserves, where he served several tours as an Intelligence Officer with an F-18 Squadron and as a Special Agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
Gayward has a B.S. Degree from Florida State University in Criminology and a Masters Degree in Education from the University of North Florida. He is a graduate of the 184th Session of the FBI National Academy and a Past President of the Florida Chapter of the National Academy Associates.
Gayward joined the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office in 1972, serving three years as a Patrol Officer and seventeen years in the Intelligence Unit. Retiring after 20 years of service, he was employed as an Investigator with the Duval County State Attorney’s Office, Jacksonville, Florida, in a Special Prosecution Division. In 2005, he assumed the position of Chief Inspector for the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Green Cove Springs, Florida. In May of 2016, Gayward retired from law enforcement after more than 44 years of loyal, dedicated service.
Gayward has been very active in his community, serving on numerous civic and fraternal organizations. He is a 15-year Veteran of the N.A.A. Youth Leadership Program at Quantico, serving as their Director for the past five years as well as serving as President of the Lake Asbury Community Association for the past 15 years. Gayward was the founder and is the current President of the Jacksonville Marine Corps ½ Marathon and Freedom 5K.
Gayward has lived in Lake Asbury for the past 32 years with his wife Susan who is a retired Clay County teacher at Lake Asbury Elementary.