I was born in Birmingham in 1965 and graduated from Pinson Valley High School in 1983. I married my wife, Cindy, in 1985. I joined the Air Force in 1987 and served as an aircrew member on C-130’s; C-5’s and 707’s. In 2000, I transferred to the Air Force Reserves in Montgomery, Alabama where I served as an aircrew member on C-130’s and was called back to active duty. Being family oriented, this move was good for our children as well as our parents. Our three children are now grown and have children of their own. It is extremely important to me to make this county as safe as possible for our children, our grandchildren and for every citizen of Shelby County. That is why I worked with Homeland Security at Joint Interagency Task Force South based at Naval Air Station Key West, Florida during my last tour of duty with the Air Force. During this tour, I prevented 87,922 kilos of cocaine valued at 1.8 trillion dollars and 17,934 pounds of marijuana valued at 17 million dollars from reaching the streets of America!
I received my Associate of Applied Science Degree from the Community College of the Air Force in Aviation Operations and Management. After returning home to Alabama, I received my Law Enforcement Certificate and Associate in Applied Science Degree in Law Enforcement from Jefferson State Community College. While obtaining my Law Enforcement Education, I was employed by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. I spent a tour working in the jail and then started patrolling the streets of Birmingham and Bessemer. During my time on patrol, I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Homeland Security and Public Safety from Herzing University.
With over 30 years experience in protecting the United States of America’s interest worldwide and here at home, I would like to show you what I can do for Shelby County. I take my job of protecting you and your family very seriously. Since becoming a Deputy Sheriff, I have worked every day to keep you and your family safe in your homes, neighborhoods, schools and places of business. As your next Sheriff, I will enforce honor; integrity; and accountability to the Law Enforcement Community of Shelby County.