It is the duty of administration personnel to ensure that all officers and employees are effectively performing their duties and to provide them with all support and equipment they may need to better serve the citizens and visitors of Scottsboro and monitor any problem areas within the city that needs to be addressed by police personnel.

   Chief Ralph Dawe - Chief of Police

 Major Ron Latimer - Deputy Chief of Police

  Captain Greg Godfrey - Commander Patrol Division

  Lieutenant Jerry Vance - Training Division

 Lieutenant Scott Matthews - Jail Administrator

   Captain Erik Dohring - Commander Detective Division

  Clay Bailey - Records Clerk

The detective division investigates all crimes that are reported by citizens. They also conduct covert type investigations of known criminals or crimes that are known or suspected but not reported by citizens. The detectives are highly trained in the field of evidence collection, the operation of investigative tools or devices and interviewing and interrogation of witnesses and suspects of crime. Their cases are assigned from a pool of case reports that are usually submitted by patrol officers on behalf of reporting victims. The cases are then assigned in a rotation manner and the detective follows up on the case in an effort to make an arrest. The detective is responsible for presenting the case to the grand jury for felonies or municipal court for misdemeanors. The detective follows the case throughout the judicial process.
  Det./Captain Erik Dohring

 Det./Lieutenant Zackie Gant

  Det./Sergeant Scott Hamilton

  Detective Ryan Putman

  Detective Chris McIllwain


The ordinance officer works closely with the revenue and building departments. The officer issues warnings and violations to people or businesses who violate city ordinances and codes. The ordinance officer works under the supervision of the detective division.

  Lieutenant Daniel Pierce

The function of the uniformed patrol division is to answer calls for service, enforce vehicular traffic laws, investigate traffic accidents, check suspicious persons or vehicles and patrol residential and business areas within the police jurisdiction. The uniformed police officers are highly trained in all aspects of law enforcement and conducts preliminary investigations at crime scenes. They are in essence, the first responders to calls for service and upon their arrival they assess the crime and make a decision to call for other necessary resources.

A Shift

  Lieutenant Shane Clarke

  Sergeant Brian Eakin

  Officer Brian Dicus

  Officer Kris Roney

  Officer Kyle Tumlin

  Officer Jordan Shelton


B Shift

  Lieutenant Scott Whited

  Sergeant Angie King

  Officer Kyle Shelton

  Officer Stephen Miller

  Officer Coty Durham

  Officer Chris Clines

 Officer Austin Peppers


C Shift

  Lieutenant Greg McGhee

  Sergeant Chris Dann

  Officer Tracey Kendrick

  Officer Parker Henegar

  Officer Andrew Miller

  Officer Jordan Shelton

  Officer Mack Page


D Shift

  Lieutenant Steven Davis

  Sergeant Derek Porch

  Officer Doug Franks

  Officer Gary Shavers

  Officer Tristan Sexton

  Officer Tyler McLemore


The school resource officer's duties consist of patrolling public schools within the city limits. The officer also investigates all crime or incidents within the school system and assists faculty and students with any problems that may arise. The officers most important function is to provide students with a positive role-model and to develop a working relationship between students and the police. The officer provides a number of proactive programs and measures to insure a safe environment that is conducive for teachers to teach and students to learn.

 Officer Wade Patterson

  Officer Lee Benson




The communication officers are responsible for answering all incoming calls for assistance in the city as well as all 911 emergency calls throughout Jackson County and dispatch the appropriate agencies and resources required to help the caller. The communication officer also assists the police officers and emergency personnel with information support.

 Wayne Shelton

  Cheryl Miller

  Pam Bearden

  Shelly Wilson

  Mary Cornelison

  Angela Wilbanks

  Randall Womack

  Sheila Stawicki

  Heather McAllister

  Miranda Hall

  Karen Smith

  Amanda Anderson

  Christy Crownover

The corrections officers are responsible for the intake of inmates brought into the jail by police officers. They also guard and attend to the essential needs of all inmates.

  Ricky Martin

  Lisa Hampton

  Jordan Frazier

  Gary Riggs

  Erica Nayadley

  Suzette Pike

The warrant officers' duties are to locate and then serve arrest warrants and bring those subjects before the municipal judge. They work under the supervision of the city jail and are also bailiffs during municipal court proceedings.

  Officer Ann Cornelius

  Officer Tracey Goff

The animal control officer enforces all leash and tag laws within the city limits and investigates all reports of neglect and attacks against people by domestic animals. The animal control officer is responsible for the operation of the animal shelter that houses and cares for unwanted or found animals.

  Michael Venable

  Kelly Parker

  Heather Carlin

The school traffic officers are responsible for all pedestrian and vehicular traffic that occurs around city school areas during the beginning and ending of each school day. 

Division Contacts

  • Administration - 256-574-4468
  • Detective Division - 256-574-4468
  • High School Resource Officer - 256-218-2005
  • Junior High School Resource Officer - 256-218-2317
  • Animal Control - 256-259-6511
  • City Jail - 256-574-3333
  • Warrant Division - 256-574-4468 ext#344
  • Ordinance Officer - 256-574-4468 ext#336