Poe announces run for sheriff
by Rachel Davis
Jan 12, 2014 | 3670 views | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend | print
J.C. Poe
J.C. Poe
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J.C. Poe has announced his candidacy for the office of Walker County Sheriff in the election to be held this fall.

Poe graduated from Curry High School, attended Walker College and Bevill State Community College and graduated from the University of Alabama Police Academy in 1978.

He spent seven years with Jasper Police Department before being hired as an investigator with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office in 1983.

After eight years as an investigator, he became the director of the Walker County Narcotic’s Enforcement Team for four years in the early 1990s, overseeing the team’s day-to-day operations, budgeting, applying for grants and accounting for evidence and money handled by the department.

In 1995, Poe was appointed as chief deputy for the sheriff’s office, where he oversaw budgets for the office and the Walker County Jail, maintained security at the Walker County Courthouse, and oversaw the day-to-day operations of the various departments inside the sheriff’s office and jail.

Poe retired from the sheriff’s office as chief deputy in 2002 after 25 years of service with the department. He was appointed by then-governor Bob Riley in 2008 to finish out a term as Walker County Coroner and then was elected to that position by voters in 2010.

In addition to his duties as coroner, Poe also currently serves as the chief of police for Bevill State Community College, overseeing five campuses.

“I believe I have the qualifications and on the job experience required to ensure the safety of the citizens of Walker County,” Poe said.

Poe also said he believes the biggest issue facing this county currently is drugs, which he has seen both during his time as a law enforcement officer and as coroner.

“There are few families that have not been impacted by drugs,” Poe said. “As coroner, I’ve seen quite a few overdoses in the county and as a law enforcement officer I saw how drugs lead to thefts, burglary and numerous other crimes.”

Because Poe believes many of the crimes plaguing the county are rooted in drugs, he has a comprehensive plan to address all aspects of the drug issues.

Part of that plan includes reestablishing a county-wide narcotics unit to focus on apprehending drug offenders. He said this unit would be overseen by a board comprised of law enforcement and community leaders, as well as the sheriff to ensure the efficiency, viability, and accountability of cases made by the unit.

“If I’m elected, at the end of my tenure, I hope to be able to say I made decisions that benefitted the county and its citizens and made it a safer place,” Poe said.

Throughout his years as a public servant to Walker County, Poe said he has always tried to maintain his integrity and, if elected, would expect the other employees of the sheriff’s office to hold themselves to that standard and will be “professional, well-trained and responsive to the citizens with promptness and respect.”

Poe also currently serves as a member of the Walker County Child Death Review Committee and as president of the Smith Lake Task Force.

He is a member and deacon at Sumiton Church of God, a member of the Walker County Board of Realtors, serves on the Walker County Local Emergency Planning Committee and the Walker County Emergency Management Services Council and a member of the National Rifle Association.

He and his wife, Patty Johnson Poe, of Carbon Hill, have been married 29 years and have one son, Matthew. His parents are Sue Guthrie Poe and the late Curtis Poe.