Born and raised in Lawton, Jay Bridwell joined the U.S. Air Force after some college attendance and served for 24 years at various U.S. and overseas duty stations. During his time in the Air Force, Jay served primarily in mental health, corrections, and substance abuse policy roles, while also deployed to Iraq twice. Supporting hundreds of Airmen with quality of life issues, Jay understands the importance of mental health and substance abuse treatment in our County Government.
While still serving in the Air Force, Jay obtained his undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Kansas. After he retired in 2013, he returned home to Oklahoma to complete his Masters in Social Work and Public Administration at the University of Oklahoma. During this time, Jay also worked as a case manager at NorthCare and would eventually rise to the position of Team Lead of Court Services. His team assisted with mental health/substance needs, including veterans, in attempts to divert them from custody in the Department of Corrections. He would then go on to become the Director of Support Services at the Homeless Alliance, where he currently assists with obtaining permanent supportive housing for hundreds of clients in the OKC Area.
Jay currently serves as the Vice President of the Griffin Park Homeowner’s Association, on the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Chapter for National Alliance on Mental Illness and as the Mental Health Advisor for the Warriors for Freedom. He and his wife, Alicia, are proud parents of their son, Boston. In his free time, Jay enjoys watching college and professional sports, especially the Sooners and Jayhawks. You can often find him reading Biographies or historical books, while listening to jazz, R&B, and 80's rock.