Maplesville Police Chief Robbie Autery said Thursday he would run for 2022 for Chilton County Sheriff.

This will be the second time Autery has faced two-term sheriff John Shearon in a Republican primary.

“Four years ago I ran because I was tired of drugs circulating in our county and the crime rate was on the rise,” Autery said. “Today, I am announcing my candidacy for the office of sheriff because we still see drugs circulating in our county and the crime rate continues to rise.

“I want to bring my first-hand experience to keeping our roads and communities safe. The good people of Chilton County deserve a sheriff who will work day in and day out to protect our communities and be a force to stop the flow of drugs.

Robbie Autery began his law enforcement career in 2004 with the Chilton County Sheriff’s Department, where he served until 2007. Autery then moved to the Alabama Department of Public Safety. , where, as an Alabama State Soldier, he worked statewide patrolling everyone. major national and federal highways. In 2008 Robbie became a K-9 Handler and in 2009 he joined the State Trooper Felony Apprehension Patrol Unit.

In January 2011, Autery became a certified DIAP / EPIC instructor. As an instructor, he has taught thousands of officers across the country from federal, state and local agencies. In 2013, Robbie left the Alabama State Troopers for the 17th District Attorney’s Office in the Judicial Circuit, where he created the state’s first District Attorney’s Office Criminal Interdiction Team. In 2021, Robbie was appointed Chief of Police for the City of Maplesville, while continuing to work part-time for the District Attorney’s Office for the 17th Judicial Circuit.

“Chilton County is my home, and I want to protect and serve the people of this great county by fostering relationships with our neighboring counties to cut drug routes, enforce written law, and help support our deputy sheriffs and police officers. municipal police forces in stopping the crime, ”Autery said. “Over the next few months, I look forward to getting my message out to people about why I want to be the next Chilton County Sheriff.”

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During his 18 years of public service, Autery has successfully conducted and prosecuted federal drug trafficking and conspiracy cases in the Districts of North, Central and South Alabama. Autery has achieved a 100% conviction rate for all of its drug trafficking cases in the state of Alabama and federal courts.

Autery led the state of Alabama in total ban seizures from 2009 to 2020. During his career he seized thousands of pounds of narcotics including cocaine, methamphetamines, heroin and marijuana. Through his efforts, law enforcement was able to prevent more than $ 40 million in narcotics from reaching communities and seized more than $ 12 million in ill-gotten gains from drug traffickers.

Autery received the DIAP Instructor of the Year 2012, the DIAP Work Horse Award 2012, the DIAP Networker of the Year 2013, the DIAP / EPIC 2014 Bob Thompson National Prohibition Officer of the Year, the largest cocaine seizure reported by countries in 2015, Largest Cocaine Seizure Reported by Nations in 2016, Nominated in 2017 for the Alabama Legislator’s Medal of Honor and BLOC / HIDA Nation’s Largest Currency Seizure in 2019.

The Chilton County Republican primary will take place on May 24, 2022.