Office: Shelby County Sheriff
Ken “Chief” Bailey
Political experience: Ran for sheriff in 2010 and 2014
Political offices held: None
Professional experience: Air Force reservist from 2010–2013; aerospace flight engineer, 1997–2009; crew chief, Air Force C-130 (Hurricane Hunters), 1987–1992.
Civic experience: Licensed foster parents with Shelby County DHR, 2015–present; member of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Birmingham Post, 2007–present.
Education: Bachelor of science in homeland security with a concentration in public safety from Herzing University, 2005–2007; law enforcement certificate and associate in applied science in law enforcement from Jefferson State Community College, 2003–2005; associate of applied science from Community College of the Air Force in aviation operations and management, 1992–1994; Federal Aviation Administration A&P mechanic and approximately 37 other Air Force schools, 1991–present.
Main issues: Bailey believes illegal drugs are Shelby County’s biggest problem. “Our current sheriff did away with the K-9 unit and I believe that was a huge mistake. One of the best tools to fight the drug war is a good K-9 unit. I take my job of protecting you and your family very seriously.”
Bailey believes his 31 years of law enforcement and military experience at home and abroad has prepared him for the position.
“I would like to show you what I can do for Shelby County. Our current sheriff has never patrolled anywhere as a deputy; he was brought in and made chief deputy because he was a friend of our last sheriff. With my vast experience abroad and here at home, I will prove to you that I am the best qualified candidate for sheriff of Shelby County.”
Top Contributors: Bailey Realty, $5,901; Leon Hodges, $932; Wheeler (Business ), $500; Bobby Bynum, $500.