ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WALA) – County sheriffs in Alabama meet as a group just twice a year, and that means there’s always a lot to talk about.
“One of the things I’m very proud of is the Sheriff’s Association now is doing more training, not only with the sheriffs, but also with the sheriff’s office employees than we’ve ever done before,” Baldwin County Sheriff Huey “Hoss” Mack said.
And with an election just behind them, they have a lot of new talent to bring up to speed.
“We have 16 sheriffs that are retiring from the State of Alabama this year and we’ll have some new sheriffs who will be coming into office next year as result of elections. So one of the things we’re doing now is we’re planning our new sheriffs training, which will take place in February at the University of Alabama law school,” Mack said.
Beyond training and demonstrations of different law enforcement tools, like a fire resistant liquid spray, sheriffs will also be discussing hot button issues like the illegal immigrant children who may be coming to Maxwell Air Force Base.
“That’s a temporary holding facility and like our other areas throughout the nation, we’re concerned (about) what happens when these children go outside of that facility or they come outside of that,” Mack said.
“Well just like any other person, who is a legal citizen, we’re going to service them just like we would any other citizen, it’s just going to be more costly. Hopefully there won’t be that many who come through. Hopefully it won’t be like in some. You know, they’re shipping them out to Arizona and other places, they’re just by the thousands. It’s got to be devastating to them,” D.T. Marshall, the sheriff for Montgomery County, said.
Congressman Bradley Byrne will address the sheriffs Saturday morning.