Sheriff John Samaniego

Sheriff John Samaniego currently serves the 212,000 citizens of Shelby County, AL, as the chief law enforcement officer of the county, which is responsible for the management of operational and administrative needs of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office to include a 512-bed jail facility and 214 employees. Sheriff Samaniego is responsible for the management and allocation of public safety resources and services from the $20 million annual Sheriff’s Office budget.

Beginning his law enforcement service nearly 40 years ago, after graduating from the University of Alabama, John worked for the Tuscaloosa Police Department where he dedicated more than 20 years to Narcotics Investigations before being promoted to Assistant Chief of Police of the Tuscaloosa Police Department. 

Sheriff Samaniego holds a Juris Doctorate from the Birmingham School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Social Work, with a concentration in Criminal Justice, from the University of Alabama. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama Law Enforcement Academy and the 176th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. 

Sheriff Samaniego has numerous professional awards and commendations and serves with the following organizations:

Owens House of Shelby County (chairman)

Shelby County Community Corrections

Charter member of the Alabama Narcotics Officers Association (1983-present)

Commissioner of the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (1997-2007)

Elected to Board of Directors for State of Alabama, ROCIC (2012-present)

District Vice-President, Alabama Peace Officers Association (2012-present)

President of the Alabama Chapter of the FBI National Academy (2005-2007)

Tuscaloosa County Drug Court (1999-2003)

Executive Planning Committee for Alabama Schools for Alcohol and other drug studies (1995-2003)

Parent Resource Institute for Drug Education (1991 - 2001)

President of Partnership for a Drug Free Tuscaloosa County (1996-1998)

Appointed member of the Governor’s Commission on School Violence (1993-1994)

Past State President of the Alabama Fraternal Order of Police and current Officer within the Shelby County Fraternal Order of Police

Appointee, Attorney General’s Legislative Task Force