Sheriff named president of association

Sheriff named president of association

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By Denise DuBois

Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor was named President of the Alabama Sheriff’s Association during a dinner at the Opelika Marriott on Feb. 26. 

During the night, Taylor recognized his colleagues who were in the crowd, but he especially thanked the wives in the room. 

“All of our wives suffer. They run the house. They pick up the pieces when you’re gone. They do the work. I want to say thank you to the wives. Thank you for loaning your husbands to the people you represent in your county,” Taylor said. 




Taylor has been with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office for 29 years and has been in law enforcement for 32 years. 

“Being elected by the other 66 sheriffs in the state to lead the association as president is the biggest honor of my career to date. They afforded me the ability to live out a career dream. Not many people can say they are living their career dream. I am humbled and honored,” Taylor said. 

While he addressed the association, Taylor got emotional talking about his family and his staff. 

To the new sheriffs in the room, Taylor said, “It’s not an easy career, but it’s a fulfilling career.”



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