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Posted on: September 27, 2019

Sheriff Samaniego Names Ken Burchfield New Chief Deputy


For Immediate Release From Sheriff John Samaniego:

I am proud to announce the promotion of Major Ken Burchfield to Chief Deputy.

His promotion will be effective today, September 27, 2019. Major Ken Burchfield began his law enforcement career with the Hoover Police Department in 1989 where he served in numerous roles.

He was a member of the Special Response Team, DARE, Firearms Instructor, Field Training Officer, and Investigator. Burchfield left the Hoover Police Department in April of 2000 and began work as a legal investigator for Burr Forman, LLP, and then Davis & Norris, LLP until December 2003.

Burchfield returned to law enforcement as a Reserve Deputy for the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office in 2002. In December 2003, Burchfield was hired by Sheriff Chris Curry as a Deputy Sheriff serving in the Patrol Division. In 2004 Burchfield was elevated to the rank of Captain and placed in charge of the newly formed Drug Task Force. He helped form the nucleus receiving assistance from other agencies in Shelby County developing a very effective Drug Task Force.

In December 2007, he was assigned as the Administrative Division Commander. Burchfield was then promoted to the rank of Major in 2015 where he was oversight for the Administrative and Jail divisions. Since that time, he has been responsible for many of the executive duties of the Sheriff’s Office including the role of Chief of Staff since the retirement of the former Chief Deputy in November 2018.

Burchfield is an accomplished law enforcement executive. In 1993, he graduated from Samford University with a Bachelor’s degree in General Studies with a focus on Counseling and Law Enforcement. He continued his education later receiving his Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1996. He is a graduate of the 227th Session of the prestigious FBI National Academy. He also is a graduate of 60th Session of the DEA Drug Unit Commander’s Academy, a 2005 graduate of Leadership Shelby County and a 2019 graduate of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development program.

Ken has served the last 15 years in many important roles within the Sheriff’s Office. He has the education, training, experience and the proven ability to lead. All of these qualities make him the perfect choice as Chief Deputy. He believes in my philosophy of engaging our citizens as their service provider and serving our citizens as our customers. Together, we will continue leading this great group of men and women we have at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and provide the best law enforcement services possible.

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