was appointed as the first Sheriff of Baldwin County. It was then Baldwin County was declared a "County" while still in the Mississippi Territory. Sheriff Baldwin held many public offices within Baldwin County and the Mississippi Territory. Sheriff Baldwin was commissioned January 20, 1810, as Captain of the 8th Regiment of the Mississippi Territory. Sheriff Baldwin was appointed to the Mississippi Territory House of Representatives in 1813, as well as, Ranger. In the year of 1813 and 1814, Sheriff Baldwin served as Assessor and Collector of the County. **before the county was declared, it has been noted, Benjamin Stoddard Smoot, was Sheriff over the Washington District of the Mississippi Territory which covered a large portion of what is now, Baldwin County**
Lee Slaughter, Born in Culpeper County Virginia. Died on April 23, 1843. He was buried on the Slaughter's old homestead farm, which is now Frank Earle Plantation. Lee Slaughter was 16 years old when he joined Andrew Jackson's army when it came into Blacksher, Alabama. In the early years he attained military experience when he was assigned to the 4th Regiment of the United States Army. He was called "Colonel" because of honors he received as a soldier. After leaving the army he resided in Baldwin County and married Mary A. Harris. He acted in many civic and public capacities. He was sheriff in 1821 and was a Representative in the Legislature. He lived to be 48 yrs old. His home was called "Pine Tuck" which is near Little Turkey Creek, Alabama.
He was Sheriff when Blakeley was a town and the population was forming along the banks of the Tensaw River. Most of this area was inhabited by Indians. In 1824, one year after Conway took office, Chief Red Eagle died. James Conway died on September 9, 1847 and was buried near Blakeley.
Joseph Hall; born November 26, 1804, married Harriet Brown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He is the son of Charles Hall II who married Mary Byrne. When the Hall's came to this area they settled near Hall's Neighborhood, later called Carpenters Station. Hall spent most of his life as a farmer and sawmill operator. Later Hall became Sheriff of the county during the Alabama Territory days. It is noted Hall was Democratic Leader.
Born near Carpenter Station (what is now between the community of Crossroads and Stockton on State Hwy 225 and known to some as Hurricane Bayou) October 9, 1818 near the old family home site. He married Elizabeth Earle September 16, 1852. She was born of the same county. Charles Hall was elected Sheriff in August of 1850, and served for three years. He then was elected tax collector, and brought forth plans for the courthouse to be built in Daphne, Alabama. The plans were made during a lot of changes in the county due to war in Blakeley and the yellow fever epidemic. Hall could remember his first visit to Daphne as a tax collector. He was quoted as saying "The place looks like a pine thicket." His most familiar saying, "An honest man is a noblest work of God." Hall served as Probate Judge, Tax Collector, and Sheriff of Baldwin County.
Hall died near his home on August 23, 1893. He was the oldest citizen of this county that served as a public servant.
Born near Stockton, Alabama on December 1, 1822. He was the son of Aron and Sarah Killcrease, who were pioneers of Baldwin County. In the early days Barlow represented Baldwin County in the State Legislature and later became Sheriff of the county. When the Civil War began his company of Calvary soldiers were supporters of the war. He was a member of the George V. Robinson Camp of Stockton. Barlow was the 1855 Census taker and was acquainted with most of the settlers. He helped in the enumerations of the inhabitants of the county under the act which takes census for the state of Alabama. This act was approved by the governor on February 17, 1855. Barlow was married to Elizabeth McDavid. Of this marriage were four daughters and one son. Barlow later married Rebecca Derring of whom he had one daughter. Barlow died February 16, 1905 after suffering from a long illness in a family member's home in Mobile, Alabama.
Born in Butler County July 1862. Bryant married Laura Nelson of Point Clear, Alabama.
Bryant won the election April 1900 defeating Otis Richerson. On January 8, 1903, Bryant tendered his resignation as Sheriff of Baldwin County due to the removal of the County Courthouse from Daphne, Alabama to Bay Minette, Alabama. Bryant was from the Point Clear area of Baldwin County but later moved to Mobile County. Bryant owned and operated mail boats for a total of 11 years. His personal boats were named Uncle Sam and the Irene. He served as Skipper of the New Daphne, the Josie and the Manatee.
Born May 11, 1981 in Clay County, Alabama. He graduated from Oxford College in Alabama. He was the first Sergeant of Company I, Regiment Volunteers, in the Spanish American War. He came to Baldwin County in November 1895 and engaged in a business connected with Hand Lumber Company. He was appointed Tax Commissioner in 1901 and resigned when Governor Jelks appointed him Sheriff in 1903 after the resignation of George B. Bryant. He was married to Leila Hand on September 5, 1900. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias and Masonic Lodge. Armstrong died August 26, 1905.
Franklin was a native of Escambia County. He moved to Bay Minette and was a resident for over twelve years when he was appointed Sheriff of Baldwin County by Governor Jelks to fill the term of the deceased J. M. Armstrong. Born in Brewton, Alabama on September 24, 1869.
(Unconfirmed which term he served as Sheriff. He served as Chief Deputy for several years but only Sheriff for one term.)
Born 1868, Richerson was a lifelong resident of Stockton, Alabama. Died December 11, 1936 after suffering from an illness for many years. It is listed Richerson lived in the same home his entire live with his four sisters. Richerson was committed to his community and was involved in both civic and political affairs. He held the office of Sheriff for one term and served under two or three Sheriff's as Chief Deputy. Richerson was called on by officers of the law to make investigations and to trace the trail of criminals. Richerson also had hunting dogs he trained to track the scent of criminal while on the run. Richerson was buried at the family cemetery in Stockton, Alabama.
A special appointment by Governor Charles Henderson. Eubanks was a native of Baldwin County and served the county as Sheriff in the early 1900's. He was active in the county as a fearless lawman and was a dedicated Sheriff for the citizens. He was a member of the Church of Christ. Eubanks died in Bay Minette at the age of 91 on November 26, 1964.
(One note claims Eubanks served as Sheriff from 1914 to 1922 but that would mean he succeeded himself of which was not legal until around 1943 or 1944. Only one confirmed record was found stating he was indeed Sheriff of Baldwin County the year of 1918)
He was born in Wilcox County on January 21, 1889, the son of George Washington Stuart and Sally Skinner. He completed his education at a local high school. He farmed till 1919. He was first elected Sheriff in 1923, then re-elected in 1931 and 1939.
(The 1920's Federal Census states he was Sheriff in 1920. One note indicates Stuart was appointed Sheriff in 1919 after the resignation of Otis Richerson. There is no confirmation at this time)
Native of North Baldwin County. He was a farmer and a sheep rancher. After completing his education, he became a member of the army. Hadley fought in the Seminole War. His term of office was short lived due to is untimely death on April 6th, 1927. Sheriff Hadley died of blood poisoning.
Appointed Sheriff of Baldwin County by Governor Bibb Graves after the death of Sheriff Joseph Hadley. He is the son of Professor RB Irwin. The Irwin family lived in Baldwin County their entire lives. Irwin was a member of the Knights of Pythias and the Methodist Church. Irwin also worked with the L&N Railroad as well as Hand Lumber Company.
Born February 10, 1887 in Bay Minette, Alabama. He was the son of Calvin F. Wilkins and Mary Jane Taylor Wilkins. His great grandfather was George Washington Wilkins, who settled in Blakely around the early 1800's and whose descendents have lived here since. After completing his education, Wilkins served as a barber from 1906 to 1927. He was appointed state and county license inspector under Governor Bibb Graves and also Deputy Sheriff under Carthus Irwin. In 1935 he was elected Sheriff of Baldwin County just 100 years after his great uncle William Wilkins. Wilkins also served as tax collector for four terms. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias and the First Baptist Church. Wilkins passed away February 27, 1958. His son, Taylor Wilkins, became Sheriff of Baldwin County in 1947. Present day, 2010, Wilkins grandson William (Billy) Wilkins is currently a Deputy Sheriff for the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office under Sheriff Huey "Hoss" Mack.
Born August 4, 1880. Moved to Bay Minette, Alabama from Uriah, Alabama. Garrett was appointed to the office of Sheriff after the resignation of W. Ramsey Stuart, who was appointed as Probate Judge. Garrett lived to be 93 years old.
Born May 26, 1915. He is the son of M.H. Wilkins and Myrtle E. Taylor Wilkins. After completing High School in 1934, he became employed with his father at the Sheriff's Office and remained there until his first term as tax collector. In 1943, Wilkins joined the Alabama Agricultural Service and continued until he enlisted in the US Army on June 14, 1944. Assigned to the Ninth Infantry Division, he went overseas to England during World War II. Wilkins fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was honorably discharged with a Purple Heart and two battle scars. In June of 1946, Wilkins was elected Sheriff of Baldwin County. Wilkins took Office January 15, 1947 where he remained Sheriff of Baldwin County for 28 years. On January 17, 1975, Governor George Wallace proclaimed the day, Sheriff Taylor Wilkins Day in Alabama. Wilkins was a member of many civic organizations. He was on staff of the Alabama Sheriff's Boys Ranch, of which he had a large hand in developing. The present day Sheriff's Office holds a golf tournament every year to benefit the local Boys Ranch. The tournament is a memorial to Sheriff Taylor Wilkins. 2011 will be the 5th Annual Sheriff Taylor Wilkins Memorial Golf Tournament.
A native of Bon Secour, Alabama and a life time resident of the county. Benton was elected Sheriff in 1975. He served as Sheriff for three terms. Benton focused on programs for the jail and office as well as upgrading the structure of the jail which was built in 1912. Benton worked in many civic organizations with in the county and retired to private life after serving Baldwin County as Sheriff.
A native of Baldwin County. He was in law enforcement for many years. He served four years in the US Marine Corp. He served seven years as a Police Officer in Robertsdale, Alabama, two years as Police Chief of Silverhill, Alabama, and seven years as a deputy sheriff under Sheriff Thomas "Buck" Benton. During his service as Sheriff to the county, Johnson refurbished the existing county jail, first built in 1912, by adding a new wing in 1987 of 27,000 square feet along with video surveillance cameras and computers. Later in 1991 the jail received a kitchen that was able to serve a large number of people. By 2003 the jail had witnessed a complete transformation by the completion of the tower which now houses hundreds of inmates. When Johnson first took office, he started out with a hand full of employees. When he left office in 2007, Johnson was responsible for over 200 employees. Johnson was Sheriff of Baldwin County for 20 years. Johnson retired into private life and enjoys spending his days with his family.
Sheriff Mack started his carrier as a Pathologist Assistant with the Alabama Department of Forensic Science. In 1985 he became a Forensic Investigator with the same department, where he remained until he came to work with the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office as a Criminal Investigator. Sheriff Mack won the election as Sheriff in 2006 and took office in January 2007. In January 2015, Sheriff Mack will begin his third term as Sheriff. During the first years in office, Sheriff Mack began many new programs for the Sheriff's Office. To name a couple, the Community Corrections and Pre-Trial Release Program and the School Resource Officer Program have both been a huge success. Sheriff Mack was successful in refurbishing a part of the jail to open more bed space for inmates. Now the jail can house over 650 inmates on a daily basis if needed. Sheriff Mack is responsible for over 300 employees and a budget of more than $20 million a year. We as employees and citizens of Baldwin County are looking forward to the years ahead as Sheriff Mack leads us into the future of a better tomorrow.