TALLADEGA COUNTY -- Talladega County Sheriff Jimmy Kilgore recently announced he will seek re-election this year.
Kilgore, 59, has qualified to run as a Republican.
“It has been a tremendous honor to serve as sheriff for Talladega County,” Kilgore said.
The sheriff was first appointed by former Gov. Robert Bentley on March 13, 2013, after the late Jerry Studdard’s retirement. Kilgore successfully ran for a full term in 2014.
Kilgore began his law enforcement career in 1979 as a patrol officer for the Talladega Police Department. He was promoted to a patrol supervisor, serving in that role until resigning to enter the private sector in 1987.
Kilgore returned to law enforcement the next year when Studdard hired him as a deputy sheriff for the county.
Throughout the last several decades, Kilgore has worked his way up in the sheriff’s office, serving as an investigator, sergeant, lieutenant, captain and chief investigator. In 2000, he was appointed by Studdard to serve as chief deputy.
Kilgore said he was proud of many of the partnerships and programs the sheriff’s office has established within the county.
“We have strong partnerships with the Talladega County school system, the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, and have continued our public safety firearms classes. It the office’s goal to continue to expand our programs and outreach,” he said.
Kilgore is a graduate of Saks High School and Jacksonville State University. He and his wife, Toni, have a daughter, Teran, and two grandchildren.
Kilgore serves on the child advisory board of directors for Palmer Place and is also on the board of directors for the Talladega County Emergency Management Agency’s communication district.
He is also a member of the Alabama Sheriffs Association and the National Sheriffs Association.
“My first priority as sheriff is to do all that I can to help make Talladega County more safe and secure, especially for our children and youth. It is my duty to protect our community, and I’m here to serve,” Kilgore said.
The primary election is set for Tuesday, June 5. The general statewide election will be Tuesday, Nov. 6.