Director Jason Rock is currently the director of Force Development, Pasco Sheriff’s Office. The Force Development Division conducts agency-wide analysis, planning and development of integrated joint operations strategies and special program capabilities to reduce crime, meet law enforcement demands, positively impact the safety of our communities and protect the civil liberties of our citizens.
Director Rock is a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel with over 30 years of combined active duty and U.S. National Security contractor service and has served in various leadership positions throughout his career. He began his military career in 1987 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps and was later commissioned as an active duty Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical warfare officer. Following several years of service as an NBC reconnaissance officer, he transitioned back to the Military Police Corps as a midgrade officer. Following successful years serving overseas as a Military Police officer, he was assessed into the special operations community as a psychological warfare officer where he spent the remainder of his career and retiring from the United States Special Operations Command in 2012. Upon completing his 24 years in the military service, he converted to civilian life and became a cleared U.S. National Security contractor supporting the special operations community, until joining the Pasco Sheriff’s Office in late 2018.
Director Rock is a highly experienced officer, attentive in multiple disciplines; including unconventional warfare, counter-terrorism, psychological warfare, personnel recovery, foreign internal defense, weapons of mass destruction, counter improvised explosive devices, special technical operations, physical security, law enforcement operations, and national security issues related to the disruption of terrorist networks and illicit trafficking. As a subject matter expert in his field of service, he has provided research, analysis, planning assessments and strategic recommendations for national security related issues to Secretary of Defense staff members, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, senior military leaders, and interagency partners.
Director Rock is a graduate from Norwich University, where he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. He is a recipient of two Bronze Star medals for actions in combat, the Legion of Merit and numerous U.S. military and foreign awards and decorations. He is an internationally certified 4th degree blackbelt in traditional Japanese Jujutsu, and self-defense instructor, as well as a member of the Knights of Columbus, Special Forces Association and the AM VETs. He is married to the former Donna Ruyle of Bourbonnais, Illinois. Donna is the Learning Center Coordinator for the international program INTO-USF at the University of South Florida in Tampa. They have two children, Kaileigh, who is a Biomedical Engineer for MEDTRONIC in Minneapolis and Collin who is a student at the University of South Florida.