Lt. Joe Hamilton has served the citizens of Lauderdale County for the past 28 years. At the age of 16, he decided he wanted to be in law enforcement and signed up for the Ranger Program with the Florence Police Department. While a Ranger, Hamilton rode with and assisted officers. At the age of 19, Lt. Hamilton was hired as a Dispatcher with the Florence Police Department and was named Dispatcher of the Year during his time there. At the age of 25, Lt. Hamilton was hired as a Deputy with the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department where he is third in command and currently serves as the Lt. over patrol and Internal Affairs investigations.
Throughout his time with the Sheriff’s Department, he has patrolled all areas of Lauderdale County and assisted on drug, property, and persons investigations. He also served as the Commander of the Lauderdale County S.W.A.T. team and has been recognized as Supervisor of the Year.
With 11 years of supervision experience and 7 years in command position within the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department, Lt. Hamilton is the only candidate for Sheriff who has experience running a Sheriff’s Department. He helps oversee a multi-million-dollar budget and over 100 employees. No other candidate has this experience.
“As Sheriff, I will serve honestly and with integrity from day one. We will build on the foundation laid by Sheriff Rick Singleton. It is my goal that our department be the best Department in the State and one that is a model for other departments in protecting and serving citizens with the utmost professionalism and integrity,” Hamilton said.
Lt. Hamilton also has the support and endorsement of Sheriff Rick Singleton who is retiring after this term. “If you compare the resumes of each candidate, he is by far the most qualified to assume the tremendous responsibilities of the office,” Singleton said during his public endorsement of Lt. Hamilton February 3, 2022.
“Now is not the time to go backward. I will continue to move the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office forward,” said Hamilton.
Lt. Hamilton has not made any political promises during his campaign. Rather, he has only laid out his commitments as Sheriff.
A few of those commitments are maintaining professionalism in the department, aggressive enforcement of child protection laws, protecting elders from abuse and exploitation, expanding Community Policing and Neighborhood Watch programs, educational programs in school, aggressive drug enforcement, increasing the number of mental health deputies, and regular town hall meetings, providing State of the Art equipment/technology, and seeking increased salaries for deputies.
Lt. Hamilton is a lifelong Republican and lifelong resident of Lauderdale County. He will apply his conservative values in leading the department and protecting the citizens of our County.
Lt. Hamilton is married to Lauderdale County Chief Assistant District Attorney, Angie Hamilton, and they have 3 boys in the Lauderdale County school system. He has not only served Lauderdale County through law enforcement, but Hamilton has also volunteered in youth sports for the past 10 years. Supporting the local school systems is important to Lt. Hamilton and protecting our children is a priority to him.
Lt. Hamilton is a leader and will lead on day one. As a Pro-Life Christian, husband, father of three amazing boys, and a Lieutenant with the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department, Hamilton understands the importance of having a professional Sheriff’s Department. His experience, commitment, and leadership make him the most qualified candidate for Sheriff of Lauderdale County, AL.
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