On January 17, 2007 Kenneth W. Ellis was sworn in as the first African
American Sheriff of Hale County Alabama.  Sheriff Ellis brings his 20 years
of law enforcement experience to the Hale County Sheriff's Office.  Since
taking office Sheriff Ellis has made numerous upgrades in equipment,
personnel and technology.  Sheriff Ellis has purchased new patrol cars,
installed laptop computers and video cameras in patrol units, body
cameras for deputies, and increased patrol deputies in the Sheriff's Office
by 50%.  Sheriff Ellis's number one goal is to protect the citizens of Hale
County, and in doing so, he has obtained  the Offender Watch System
TM .  
This innovative system allows the Sheriff's Office to monitor all registered
sex offenders residing in Hale County.   In 2008 Sheriff Ellis offered
VineLink Service
TM   to Hale County citizens.  This system enables residents
to keep track of people incarcerated in any county jail in the State of
Alabama.  Citizens may also receive alerts by telephone or computer
anytime of the day or night if an offender has been released or transferred
from jail.  

Sheriff Ellis began his career in the U.S Army where he served twenty
years before retiring with the rank of Chief  Warrant Officer.  After his
retirement Sheriff Ellis joined the Montgomery Police Department where he
was employed as a police officer.  Sheriff Ellis was decorated Officer of
the Quarter as well the distinguished Officer of the Year, several times in
his Montgomery police career.  After six years of service to the citizens of
Montgomery, Sheriff Ellis heard "mama calling", and returned  home to
Hale County.  In 2000 Sheriff Ellis was appointed Chief of Police for the
Town of Moundville.  Ellis served for six years as Police Chief and in 2006,
after longtime Sheriff Larry G. Johnson announced his retirement, Ellis
decided to run for the Office of Sheriff.

Sheriff Ellis attended Hale County Schools as well as John C. Calhoun
Junior College and Alabama A&M University, where he received a degree
in Applied Science.

Sheriff Ellis has numerous law enforcement credentials including; Ethics,
Executive Management, Strategic Planning, Homeland Security, Executive
Leadership Development, and Interviewing.  Sheriff Ellis has been
appointed to numerous boards throughout the state, and is the 2016 Past
President of the Alabama Sheriff's Association.

Sheriff Ellis resides with his wife Stella in Havana.  The Sheriff has three
children; Tifni, Maurice and Kenyanita.  Sheriff Ellis is also a member of
Greater St. Stephens Baptist Church in Sawyerville, Alabama.
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