Public Defender Matt Shirk

November 27, 2013
1 min read

After seeing a Facebook photo of a woman he met at a charity event, 4th Judicial Court Public Defender Matt Shirk asked then-director of investigations A.L. Kelly to set up a job interview, according to Kelly. The woman did have experience in the legal field, but she was hired by Shirk directly, an “irregularity” at best. After also hiring the woman’s friend, Shirk was accused by other staff members for behavior described as “inappropriate,” including the exchange of flirtatious text messages and emails with a third woman, and inviting them to drink alcohol in his office. Then there’s Shirk’s prolonged absences from the office, possible violations of the law related to the destruction of public records, and the issuance of an access card to the building to his wife Michelle, who was not an employee or volunteer at the PD’s office. One of her visits led to a public confrontation and the alleged firing of one of the women. Shortly thereafter, the three women were let go. Shirk’s chief of staff Ron Mallett resigned. Shirk has admitted to some of the “inappropriate behavior” but insists he did not engage in any improper relationships or break any laws, an assertion that’s being investigated by a special prosecutor.

Folio is your guide to entertainment and culture around and near Jacksonville, Florida. We cover events, concerts, restaurants, theatre, sports, art, happenings, and all things about living and visiting Jax. Folio serves more than two million readers across Jacksonville and Northeast Florida, including St. Augustine, The Beaches, and Fernandina.

Current Issue


Submit Events




Current Month

Follow FOLIO!

Previous Story

PISCES: Nov. 27-Dec. 3

Next Story

Party Like a Ninja

Latest from Imported Folio

Pandemic could put Jaguars’ traditions on ‘timeout’

Lindsey Nolen Remember the basketball game HORSE? Well, on Thursday nights during the National Football League regular season the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offensive line comes together for their own version of the game, “CAT.” They’ve also been known to play a game of Rock Band or two. This is because on

September Digital Issue

Attachments 20201106-190334-Folio October Issue 6 for ISSU and PDF EMAIL BLAST COMPRESSED.pdf Click here to view the PDF!

The Exit Interview: Calais Campbell

Quinn Gray September 10, 2017. The first Jaguars game of the 2017 NFL season. The Jacksonville Jaguars, who finished the previous season 3-13, are looking to bounce back after drafting LSU running back Leonard Fournette with the 4th round pick in the draft. The Jaguars are playing the division rival,