New Sheriff in Town: Alabama has 20 New SheriffsMatt Boster
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Jan 18 2019 11:02 AM
Twenty of Alabama's 67 counties elected new sheriffs in November 2018. In Jefferson County, the largest in the state, Mark Pettway was sworn in as the county's first African-American sheriff. A 35-year-old in Walker County is now Alabama's youngest sheriff and the third youngest in state history. St. Clair County has its first new sheriff in 38 years.
There are new sheriffs in Etowah and Morgan counties, where the previous office-holders were marred with controversy.
And, in Clay County, James “Jim” Studdard won the job in a coin toss after he and Democrat Henry Lambert each received 2,680 votes.