Jimmy Harris will not run for re-election as DeKalb County Sheriff

FORT PAYNE, Alabama (WDEF) – Sheriff Jimmy Harris announced on Thursday that his third term in office will be his last.

The long-time DeKalb County, Alabama law enforcement officer plans to retire in January of 2019.

He began as a deputy, almost 30 years ago.

Harris rose through the ranks until he ran for sheriff in 2006 and won.

Sheriff Harris said, “It is my singular honor to serve the citizens of DeKalb County. While much has been accomplished by our Deputies, Clerks and Corrections Officers, much more remains to be done. I cannot thank each and every Deputy, Clerk and Correction Officer enough. They have made this job a joy. I look forward to continuing to serve our citizens for the remainder of my term.”

Over the years he has taught gun safety to elementary school kids, taught their parents how to fire guns, saddled up for a mounted patrol in DeKalb County, won two Officer of the Year awards while he was on the beat, plus an Outstanding Poultry Leader for Alabama.

Sheriff Harris and his wife, Sabrina, have 2 children, 4 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild.

Categories: DeKalb County, Local News

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