Training and leadership will be some of the top issues at the Alabama Sheriffs Association meeting kicking off this weekend.
“They love coming down here. It’s an easy draw for them to come down here with their families,” Baldwin County Sheriff Huey “Hoss” Mack said.
That draw will pull in a majority of the 67 sheriffs and their families in Alabama. Mack said the five-day conference will bring around 400 people to the water front this weekend.
“It gives all of the sheriffs a time to come together and address a lot of issues, issues that we may be dealing with, with each office. Also the issues that we have maybe perhaps with legislation,” Mack said.
He said the other part of the conference will be leadership and management training along with law enforcement based training.
“One of the things we’ll be reviewing this year and going over is our active shooter training, which is the way that sheriff’s offices and police departments respond to an active shooter situation in a public building, school, etc.,” Mack said.
And as a nice touch for Mack, he will be named president of the association on Tuesday.
“It means a lot to me. I’m going to dedicate a lot to it because I believe in what the Sheriffs are doing in this state,” Mack said. “We have a wonderful group of Sheriffs in this state that serve their counties very well. And it’s definitely a great opportunity.”
Mack’s appointment as president is just the second time a leader of this organization has been chosen from Baldwin County. The only other time was Sheriff Taylor Wilkins back in 1958.