Gov. Bentley appoints veteran officer Billy Sharp to Tuscaloosa County Sheriff

Billy Sharp will replace Ted Sexton as Sheriff of Tuscaloosa County.

Governor Robert Bentley has appointed Billy Sharp to Sheriff in Tuscaloosa County. Sharp play a key role in Bentley's security detail during his run for office in 2011.

The announcement came in the following press release from the Governor's office:

Sharp has served in law enforcement positions for well over 30 years. He retired from the Alabama Criminal Justice Center in February of 2012 and then joined the Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit to help solve cold cases. Sharp will serve as the county's sheriff while the Governor's Office takes the time needed to continue conducting thorough interviews for the position.

Sharp replaces Sheriff Ted Sexton, who recently announced he would retire as sheriff in order to assume a new appointment with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office in California.

"Billy Sharp has a tremendous amount of experience in the field of law enforcement," Governor Bentley said. "Because of that, he has the respect of his colleagues, from cadets to veteran officers. Having been an investigator, field agent and eventually a volunteer instructor, Sharp's background in law enforcement will be a great asset to the people of Tuscaloosa County."

Sharp retired from the Alabama Criminal Justice Center, where he worked as an investigator, a chief investigator and field agent over a span of 28 years. He was a volunteer instructor with the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission for 33 years. Sharp oversaw the FBI's NationalCrime InformationCenter system and state databases while at the Criminal Justice Center.