Artie Rodriguez, a native of Northwest Florida, recently joined the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) board of directors.
Rodriguez has more than 18 years of Walton County government experience. He is currently the director of administration with the Walton County Tax Collector’s Office. Previously, he served the citizens as a law enforcement officer with the Walton County Sheriff’s Department. He is a Certified Police Applicant Background Investigator and a 2014 graduate of the Certified Public Manager’s Course offered through the Center for Public Management at Florida State University. Rodriguez is also a Certified Forensic Polygraphist through the Academy of Polygraph Science, which he studied under Dr. Richard R. Poe.
He is a recipient of the Law Enforcement Purple Heart from the American Police Hall of Fame. He was injured in the line of duty after being struck by a drunk driver back in 2002. Since then, Rodriguez has presented numerous speaking engagements at several Walton County schools to students and staff regarding the effects of driving under the influence and how it can affect someone’s life. Rodriguez is also a mentor for I Take Stock in Children and on the board of directors for the United Way of Walton and OkaloosaCounties.
Rodriguez loves to spend time with his wife, Kristen, and their two boys, Alex and Jake. He enjoys singing country music and has been recognized by the music industry with several prestigious awards. In 2000, Rodriguez was asked to perform in front of 50,000 Korean War veterans and President Bill Clinton for the 50th anniversary Korean War Commemorative Ceremony in Washington DC. In 2016, Rodriguez received a letter of accommodation from Florida Gov. Rick Scott for writing the song “If It Wasn’t for the Badge” in honor of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Rodriguez recently was asked to perform his song in Washington DC for President Donald Trump and hundreds of law enforcement survivors during next year’s Police Week ceremony.
“I like to treat people like I would want to be treated, especially through customer service and giving back to the community,” Rodriguez said. “I like serving the citizens of Walton County and especially participating singing in several telethons to raise money for ECCAC. As a new board member, I hope to bring my law enforcement background expertise from helping children in the past to work within the schools and throughout the community.”