Long-time Perry Co. Sheriff Calling It Quits


By George McDonald

From the West Alabama Newsroom--  After almost 40 years of serving and protecting -- an Alabama sheriff is hanging up his badge.

Long-time sheriff James Hood-- the very first African-American sheriff in Perry County history -- has decided it's time to stop chasing the bad guys.

Hood is retiring after keeping Perry County safe since 19-78.

Residents say he's leaving some pretty big shoes to fill.

"Good sheriff, best we ever had," said Mark Sawyer.

"He has compassion but yet he's firm and fair," said County Commissioner Albert Turner.

Hood credits his longevity as sheriff to his great relationship with the public and a low crime rate.

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