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Bobby Timmons, sheriff icon, dies at 91

The long-serving executive director of the Alabama Sheriffs Association passed away at the age of 91.

Bobby Timmons, right, the long-serving executive director of the Alabama Sheriffs Association.
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Robert D. “Bobby” Timmons, a stalwart figure in Alabama’s law enforcement community and long-serving Executive Director of the Alabama Sheriffs Association, passed away at the age of 91. Mr. Timmons’ remarkable career spanned decades, marked by dedication, leadership, and an unwavering commitment to the Office of Sheriff.

Beginning his tenure as Executive Director in 1975, Mr. Timmons held the position with distinction for 47 years, until his retirement in 2022. His influence extended far beyond administrative duties, as he was a beacon of guidance and support for sheriffs across the state. Prior to his influential role in the association, Mr. Timmons served the people of Alabama in the House of Representatives from 1970 to 1974 and was a Special Assistant to Jefferson County Sheriff Mel Bailey. His political acumen was further showcased as he traveled with George Wallace during his presidential campaign, later working closely with him on various legislative matters during Wallace’s governorship.

Appointed as Law Enforcement Liaison to Governor Don Siegelman from 1999 to 2003, Mr. Timmons’ expertise and dedication were instrumental in shaping law enforcement policies in Alabama. His legacy is one of passionate service and a deep-seated commitment to the law enforcement community.

Colleagues and friends remember Mr. Timmons with immense respect and affection. Executive Director Jimmy Lambert expressed his honor in following Mr. Timmons’ footsteps, acknowledging the immense shoes he left to fill. Houston County Sheriff Donald Valenza reminisced about Mr. Timmons as a mentor and friend, praising his leadership and generosity. Montgomery County Sheriff Derrick Cunningham and Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor echoed these sentiments, highlighting Mr. Timmons’ role as a mentor, friend, and unparalleled supporter of Alabama’s sheriffs.

The Alabama Sheriffs Association, along with sheriffs and law enforcement officers across the state, extends deepest condolences to Mr. Timmons’ family. His legacy will continue to influence and inspire, as his life’s work remains a beacon of integrity, leadership, and dedication to the sheriffs and citizens of Alabama. Mr. Bobby Timmons will be profoundly missed, yet his impact on law enforcement and the communities he served will endure for generations to come.

The Alabama Political Reporter is a daily political news site devoted to Alabama politics. We provide accurate, reliable coverage of policy, elections and government.

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