WALKER COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) – For the first time in nearly 20 years there will be a vacancy for the position of Walker County Sheriff. That’s because John Mark Tirey is retiring. So who’s ready to fill his boots? We reached out to the campaigns of each of the seven Republicans vying for your vote.
First up is Army vet and Carbon Hill native, Allen Estell. Estell entered the Army after graduating from Carbon Hill High. He served four years during Operation Desert Storm. Estell tells us he has served in law enforcement and served as a city councilman. He wants to establish a drug task force.
Steve Miller is also wants to establish a drug task force. He’s a small business owner and tells us he has two decades of law enforcement experience.
Larry Odom has also served his community, but as a volunteer fire fighter. He tells us his experience with law enforcement comes from serving in the private sector as a security officer.
Other names you will find on the ticket include: former Walker County Deputy Adam Hadder, Coroner J.C. Poe, Deputy Ronald Raines and James Underwood.
Whomever wins the June 3rd runoff will face Democrat Mike Cole in November. Cole’s 37 year law enforcement career includes time with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, the Jasper Police Department and Samford University.
Cole has also spent time in Kosovo and Haiti training officers there as part of the U.S. State Department.
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