New Law Changes Candidate Qualifications For Sheriff

New Law Changes Candidate Qualifications For Sheriff

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BAY MINETTE, Alabama -

When Governor Robert Bentley signed Senate Bill 312 into law earlier this summer, strict limits were placed on who can actually run for sheriff of Baldwin County.

The new law- which is only applicable in Baldwin County- requires all sheriff's candidates to have at least three years of "immediate" law enforcement experience.

That means retired law enforcement officers or veteran cops who haven't been on the force in recent years are unable to run for sheriff.  

The law also prevents people without police experience from qualifying.

Late this afternoon- Senator Trip Pittman- who sponsored the original bill- contacted News 5 and told us he will re-write and change the wording of the bill and replace "immediate" to "previous" law enforcement experience.

Pittman will re-introduce the bill early next year before final qualifying is over for Baldwin County sheriff.

Sheriff Hoss Mack- who provided the framework for Pittman's bill- says he agrees the wording should be re-worked.

 

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