The county attorney is appointed by the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners and serves as its in-house chief legal counsel to the board in all legal matters.
The attorney provides legal advice and representation to the board of commissioners, the county administrator, all county departments, and the boards and committees organized under the board of commissioners on matters related to their official responsibilities.
The county attorney represents the commission in litigating claims filed by and against the county in state and federal court and administrative proceedings.
Duties also include:
- Attending mediation sessions
- Drafting ordinances, resolutions, contracts, interlocal government agreements and other legal documents
- Handling mortgage foreclosures and bankruptcy petitions and performing legal research
The county attorney is not authorized to provide legal advice to private citizens in his capacity as county attorney.
Roy Andrews was selected as Santa Rosa County's attorney in 2014. Andrews is a graduate of the University of Florida and has 40 years of professional experience as a lawyer.
When not on the job, Andrews enjoys hunting, fishing, gardening and spending time with his children and grandchildren.