Tuscaloosa's Sheriff Ted Sexton has accepted a job in Los Angeles, his office confirmed today.
Sheriff Sexton will start as the Division Chief for Homeland Security with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office on March 18. Sexton has known the L.A. County sheriff, Leroy Baca, for many years and has participated in several training sessions with deputies on the west coast.
Sexton's name was submitted for the L.A. job on January 29 and he said he accepted the offer on Wednesday, March 6.
Sexton served six terms as the sheriff of Tuscaloosa County and his law enforcement career has spanned 35 years, the sheriff's office said today in a press release.
"For the past twenty-two years it has been the high honor of my life to be elected, and re-elected, as Sheriff of Tuscaloosa County," Sexton said in the release.
"I thank all of the people who have worked tirelessly with me, over the past two decades, in providing exceptional service to the people of Tuscaloosa County. They are my friends, and the citizens are my friends, and I will miss all of them greatly," he added.
Sexton said in a press conference today that the toughest thing his replacement will face will be dealing with the mental health issues in Tuscaloosa County.
In his new role, Sexton will be responsible for "evaluating the needs, trends, problems and resources associated with the Homeland Security Division and its personnel" for a sheriff's department that serves more than 10 million people.
Sexton had maintained a low profile in recent months since losing the race for the Tuscaloosa County Probate Judge in November 2012.
The sheriff said he believes the new job did not come to him by chance, but rather at the right time and for the right reasons. His new job will pay him more than $180,000 a year, nearly double his current salary. Sexton said he's maxed out his retirement and the offer he accepted doesn't come along often.
"I will miss this work and all of our friends, but I will never forget where I have come from. Tuscaloosa will always be home to me," he said.
Sheriff Sexton is a graduate of the University of Alabama and is a longtime Tuscaloosa resident. He and his wife of 30 years, Leah Ann, have two sons, James and Edmund.
You can read the full press release from the Sheriff's Office here: https://local.nixle.com/alert/4969969/?sub_id=1025953
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