Carbon Hill Chief elected president of state chiefs association
by Daniel Gaddy
Aug 20, 2012 | 2350 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Heath Allred
Members of the Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police recently elected Carbon Hill Police Chief Heath Allred as the group’s president.

“It’s a pretty big honor,” Allred said. “My head is still in the clouds a bit.”

According to Allred, he is the youngest president in the association’s 40-year history.

As president, Allred will meet and lobby state lawmakers, and he will serve on committees organized by the governor and the attorney general. He said he will do the job with an eye for what is best for the state’s law enforcement and the people they protect.

“We know what we need best to serve you, and at the end of the day that’s what we’re here for,” he said.

Even though the 2013 Alabama Legislative Session does not begin until February, Allred named two upcoming issues that will affect local law enforcement. The first concerned the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center. A committee on which Allred will serve will decide if the system should remain under the control of the Alabama Department of Public Safety, which includes the Alabama State Troopers. Allred said many officials are concerned about one entity making all the decisions for a system that provides information to every law enforcement agency in the state.

Allred said he also hopes that this year state lawmakers will find a way in which neighboring law enforcement agencies can communicate during a disaster. He said the type of radios used can vary significantly from department to department.

“If we don’t have the same equipment, I might as well have tin cans and string,” he said.

Allred also said that his administration will lend a voice in Montgomery to smaller law enforcement agencies.

During the Carbon Hill City Council’s last meeting, Mayor Chris Hart and each council member congratulated Allred.

“It’s a big accomplishment, and we’re proud of you,” Hart said.

Allred said he is thankful to the council and the mayor for giving him the opportunity to seek the office.

“I think Carbon Hill is going to be better because of it,” he said.

Allred joined the Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police in 2003. He also served as the group’s chaplain for three years. He also held the offices of secretary and vice president.

Allred was born and raised in Lamar County, and graduated from South Lamar High School in 1997. He began his career in law enforcement as a patrol officer in Northport. At the age of 21, Allred was picked by the district attorney for the 24th Judicial Circuit to establish a narcotics task force.

Allred said he jumped at the opportunity because it gave him a chance to return to Lamar County. He also worked at the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office for one year. In 2003, Allred was appointed as the Millport Police Chief and worked there until becoming Carbon Hill’s Chief in 2010.

In November of 2011, Allred married Jacque Roberson, a current city council member and candidate for mayor of Carbon Hill.