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Ken Burchfield has served as the Chief Deputy since September 27, 2019. Ken Burchfield is a very experienced law enforcement officer. He began his law enforcement career with the Hoover Police Department in 1989 where he served in numerous roles including, SWAT, DARE Officer, 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 first became a part of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office in 2002 as a Reserve Deputy. He then joined the full-time ranks of the Sheriff’s Office in December 2003. Burchfield has served in numerous leadership positions at the Sheriff’s Office. At the rank of Captain, he led the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force for four years. In 2007, he was assigned as the Administrative Division Commander. Burchfield was then promoted to the rank of Major in 2015. 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 Chief Deputy Chris George 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 and later received 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 Seminars program.