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There's A New Sheriff In Town

..A New Chief Deputy too!

I am honored to introduce to everyone Kevin Murphy. He will assume the position of Chief Deputy on January 20, 2015. I am glad to have him by my side, and I know he will do a great job for the citizens of Montgomery County. Murphy possesses the necessary knowledge and experience that will guarantee his success as Chief Deputy.

Chief Murphy began his tenure with law enforcement in 1984, as a patrol officer with the Ozark Police Department. In 1986, he joined the Montgomery Police Department. Murphy has worked in several divisions and capacities at the Montgomery Police Department since 1986. He was progressive in moving through the ranks, holding every rank offered until being named Chief of Police in 2011.

Chief Murphy obtained a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Management from Auburn University Montgomery in 2009. He graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in 2000. Additionally, he graduated from the National Executive Institute sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2013.

Murphy's community connections include his membership on the following boards; Security Board of Alabama, South University Academic Advisory Board, Academic Policy Board with the Montgomery Police Department Command Staff College, One Place Family Justice Center, and the Mental Health America in Montgomery.

Please help me welcome Chief Deputy Murphy to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office!

I have received several inquiries regarding my swearing in as Sheriff of Montgomery County. The swearing in ceremony will take place January 16, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at the Montgomery County Commission Chambers. I invite each of you to come out and celebrate this occasion with my family and friends. I would like to thank everyone again for making my dreams come true and trusting me to be your next sheriff.

During the holiday season, we were busy making sure all of the children in our county had a great Christmas. The Deputy Sheriff's Association, under the direction of Corporal Isaac Forbes was responsible for identifying less fortunate children and presenting gifts to the families. Corporal Forbes and Corporal Leonard worked day and night to make certain that Santa visited each of these families. Corporal Forbes and Corporal Leonard teamed up with Auburn University in Montgomery Athletics Department to make this endeavor a success.

Each of the sport teams affiliated with AUM volunteered their time not only to assist with the toy drive, but with the toy distribution as well. WCOV owner, David Woods even came out to the toy drive and offered his assistance.

I would like to express my sincerest thanks to Corporal Isaac Forbes, Corporal Cedric Leonard, and everyone else that helped to ensure the children of Montgomery County had a very Merry Christmas. The sheriff's office knows firsthand how good Walmart is to our community. I personally want to say, (THANK YOU) to the entire Walmart staff!

I am a person who truly enjoys being visible and active in community events, and I want to hear from you. I am usually in the office most of the time; however, I do attend several meetings during the day. If you need to contact me, please call my Administrative Assistant, Crystal Vazquez. She will make sure that I receive all messages. Our office number is (334) 832-1646, or you can email me at or Mrs. Vazquez at


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