Major Crimes


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:

Professional portrait of Director Josh Summerford 

Josh Summerford, Director
Chief Deputy, Sheriff's Office

Professional portrait of Leigha Blake

Leigha Blake
 Investigator, Sheriff's Office

Professional portrait of J.P. Curry

J.P. Curry
Investigator, Cedar Bluff Police

Professional portrait of Brian Gilliland

Brian Gilliland
Investigator, Sheriff's Office

Professional portrait of Rhonda Jackson

Rhonda Jackson
Investigator, Sheriff's Office

Professional portrait of Randy Mayorga

Randy Mayorga
Chief Investigator, Centre Police

Professional portrait of Tony Monroy

Tony Monroy
 Investigator, Sheriff's Office

Professional portrait of Chief Deputy District Attorney Robert Johnston

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.

Professional portrait of District Attorney Mike O'Dell 
District Attorney
Mike O’Dell

Professional portrait of Sheriff Jeff Shaver

Jeff Shaver

Professional portrait of Chief Kirk Blankenship 

Chief Kirk Blakenship


Professional portrait of Chief Steve Walden

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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