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Ivey appoints new Autauga County sheriff, district judge

Both Harrell and Sanders were runners up in the races for their respective positions in the 2022 election cycle.

Sheriff Mark Harrell

Gov. Kay Ivey announced two new appointments, both impacting Autauga County.

She appointed Mark Harrell as the new Autauga County sheriff, to serve in the new term that former sheriff Joe Sedinger had been re-elected to continue.

Sedinger passed away suddenly after a short bout with cancer in December. Harrell, a retired lieutenant with the Prattville Police Department, finished second behind Sedinger for the Republican nomination earlier this year. 

Ivey previously appointed Chief Deputy David Hill to serve out the remainder of Sedinger’s unexpired term.

Ivey also appointed Jessica Sanders as district judge in the county, following the swearing in of former district judge Joy Pace Booth as circuit judge.

Sanders is the director of governmental affairs for the Alabama Department of Education and previously served as assistant district attorney in the 19th judicial circuit.

Jacob Holmes is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at [email protected]

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