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Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

The word "Sheriff" is of English derivation, a contraction of the words "shire" (county) and "reeve" (an agent of the king). Remember the "Sheriff of Nottingham"? He and his counterparts weren't very popular were they? They held office either because their father did, or they received what was termed "royal appointment" -- (based not on abilities, but instead by what particular favors they had done for the crown). Their remuneration depended upon how much taxes they collected -- so you can readily understand what their principal duty was and why they resorted in some cases to "less than ethical" methods of collection.

Today's Sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer of his county by virtue of public acclaim, in the form of election every four years by the eligible voting populace of his county.

His chief deputy is appointed by the Sheriff to help him with his duties and act as chief coordinator.

In most offices the Sheriff's personnel are unique in that all functions of the office are performed by any deputy, whether the assignment be in the corrections field, the court system, or the law enforcement division. For example, he may act as a bailiff or a jailer, transport a prisoner, serve a civil process, or patrol a road, all in the same day.

It is for this reason the Sheriff's Office operates in such a smooth manner and on such an economical scale, resulting in great benefit to the taxpayers.

For more historical information, please visit The Shelby County Historical Society’s page on the History of Shelby County Sheriffs.

Former Sheriffs

Elected

James Hamilton 1818 – 1820
William B. Arnold 1820 – 1822
Ezekiel Henry 1822 – 1827
James M. Nabors 1827 – 1829
Jacob D. Shelly 1829 – 1831
Martin H. McHenry 1831 – 1834
Thomas Toomey 1834 – 1837
Archibald Sloan 1837 – 1840
Benjamin F. Randall 1840 – 1843
Thomas H. Brasher 1843 – 1846
Benjamin F. Randall 1846 – 1849
James M. Finley 1849 – 1852
Hudson W. Nelson 1852 – 1855
John T. McCormick 1855
William P. Reeves 1855 – 1856
Todd R. Wyatt 1856 – 1857
John Edmondson 1857
Henry J. Sawyer 1857 – 1860
Richard H. Brasher 1860 – 1863
James Walton 1863 – 1865
James H. Duran 1865
Charles B. Elliott 1865 – 1866
Columbus C. Cunningham 1866
Thomas Harrison 1866 – 1868
Lewis H. Duyck 1868 – 1869
Thomas Harrison 1869 – 1872
Francis A. Nelson 1872 – 1877
Rufus M. DeShazo 1877 – 1880
Francis A. Nelson 1880 – 1884
Edwin F. Vest 1884 – 1888
William R. Carter 1888 – 1892
Hudson W. Nelson 1892 – 1896
Edwin F. Vest 1896 – 1899
Junius L. Walthall 1899 – 1900
Robert F. Cox 1900 – 1906
James H. Fulton 1906 – 1909
Henry M. Norris 1909 – 1910
John R. Allan 1911 – 1915
James H. Fulton 1915 – 1918
John A. “Andrew” Jackson 1919 – 1922
James J. Falkner 1923 – 1926
Curtis J. Falkner 1927 – 1929
Knox E. Wooley 1929 – 1934
Claude H. Fore 1935 – 1938
Walter B. “Bun” White 1939 – 1942
Luther T. Bozeman 1943 – 1950
Alva E. “Bud” Norwood 1950 – 1954
Hugh M. Sims 1955 – 1958
Charles H. “Chuck” Harris 1959
Charles P. “Red” Walker 1959 – 1978
James F. “Buddy” Glasgow 1979 – 1990
James L. Jones 1991 – 2002
Chris D. Curry 2003 – 2014
John Samaniego 2015 – Current

 

 
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