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The Cherokee County Major Crimes Unit was established on October 1, 2014, as a cooperative effort between the District Attorney’s Office, Cedar Bluff Police Department, Centre Police Department, Leesburg Police Department, and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office in order to combine resources, improve communication among departments, and better investigate major crimes in Cherokee County.

The Major Crimes Unit is responsible for investigating major crimes including the following cases: homicides, missing persons, kidnappings, robberies, serious assaults, sex crimes, and arson.




The Major Crimes Unit is consists of personnel from the five participating agencies:

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                            Josh Summerford, Director
                        Chief Investigator, Sheriff's Office
 
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           Shawn Rogers
Investigator, Sheriff’s Office
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            Tony Monroy
 Investigator, Sheriff's Office
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            Randy Mayorga
Chief Investigator, Centre Police
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             Leigha Blake
   Investigator, Centre Police
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              Brian Gilliland
  Investigator, Leesburg Police
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                J.P. Curry
Investigator, Cedar Bluff Police
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          Rhonda Jackson
  Investigator, Sheriff's Office
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            Robert Johnston
  Chief Deputy District Attorney


The Major Crimes Unit is governed by a board of directors which consists of the agency head of each of the participating agencies.

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District Attorney Mike O’Dell
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       Sheriff Jeff Shaver
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  Chief Kirk Blakenship, Centre
 

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Chief Steve Walden, Cedar Bluff


The Unit is made possible by the cooperation between the District Attorney, the Sheriff, the county’s three police chiefs, the County Commission, and the Mayors of each municipality. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) also contributed to the operation of the Major Crimes Unit by providing funding for equipment and training.

 
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