Sheriff

Professional portrait of current Sheriff Jeff Shaver

2007 - Current
Sheriff Jeff Shaver

Shaver Jeff Shaver began his law enforcement career nearly 40 years ago as an Alabama State Trooper Cadet in 1981.  During his year of training at the demanding academy in Selma, Shaver worked and trained in every division of the Department of Public Safety.  Upon graduation, he was sent to Russell County for 10 months before transferring to Cherokee County in 1983.  Shaver also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Jacksonville State University.

During his career as a State Trooper, Jeff won the Thunderbolt Award twice, for recovering the most stolen vehicles in the state and was also recognized as Trooper of the Year.  He obtained the rank of sergeant and was serving as Assistant Post Commander of the Jacksonville Trooper Post at his retirement in 2006.in

Sheriff Shaver was first elected Cherokee County Sheriff in 2006 and is now serving in his fourth term. "It is a high honor to serve as your Sheriff."


History of the Sheriff's Office

Portrait of Previous Sheriff John S. Daniel
John S. Daniel

There have been a total of 37 sheriffs to serve Cherokee County since it was established in 1836.  Some were fathers and sons and possibly grandsons. 

Some served multiple terms, some only one.  The first sheriff, Moses H. Hughes, was appointed in 1838.  It is not known if there were any deputies at that time.

One of the longest serving and most famous sheriffs of Alabama was C.M. (Mac) Garrett.  Garrett's service from 1943-1983 was only interrupted by the service of Rusty Leath from 1955-1963.  Garrett was followed by the single terms of Jack Smith and Jack Estes, who was the first of two former Alabama State Troopers to be elected sheriff in the county.

Roy Wynn was elected to three consecutive terms before retiring in 2003 and was succeeded by the term of Larry Wilson, who previously served as Wynn's chief deputy.  The current sheriff, Jeff Shaver, was elected in 2006 and is the second former Alabama State Trooper to hold the office.

Below is a list of the former Sheriffs. If anyone has any historical information or photographs of any of the former Sheriffs, please contact Bo Jolly at 256-927-3365 to provide our office with this information.

*The names in red are already pictured on the wall at the Sheriff's Office.

Moses H. Hughes

1838

Benjamine C. Cook

1841

Sansford Stallings

1944

Lewis Cunningham

1845

James J. Adams

1849

David C. Webb

1855

Isa Webb

1858

William Griffith

1861

Joseph M. Daniel

1863

I. M. Webb

1868

I. M. Daniel

1871

S. G. Williamson

1874

John T. McDaniel

1877

John Alley

1880

John S. Daniel

1880

J. U. Vandiever

1884

R. S. Dickson

1892

Portrait of Previous Sheriff Robert Allen Mullican

Robert Allen Mullican

1900


Portrait of Previous Sheriff James M. Webb

James M.
Webb

1903

J. P. Miller

1907

B. R. Blair

1911

John T. Farrow

1915

Portrait of Previous Sheriff Joe Sye Daniel

Joe Sye Daniel

1919

B. R. Blair

1923

W. L. Mitchell

1927

R. P. Snead

1931

J. T. Tracy

1935

Earl S. Johnson

1937

Portrait of Previous Sheriff Frank Miller

Frank Miller

1939

Portrait of Previous Sheriff C. M. Garrett

C. M. Garrett

1943

Portrait of Previous Sheriff Rusty C. Leath

Rusty C. Leath

1955

Portrait of Previous Sheriff C. M. Garrett

C. M. Garrett

1963

Portrait of Previous Sheriff Jack Smith

Jack Smith

1983

Portrait of Previous Sheriff Jack Estes

Jack Estes

1987

Portrait of Previous Sheriff Roy Wynn

Roy L. Wynn

1991

Portrait of Previous Sheriff Larry Wilson

Larry Wilson

2003

 

 

Additional Information 

PDF List of Former Sheriffs of Cherokee County