Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin is this week’s Rising Republican Star. Sheriff Entrekin has brought a wealth of experience and a vision to the Sheriff’s office of Etowah County. He became Sheriff of Etowah in 2007, when Governor Bob Riley appointed him after the passing of Sheriff James Hayes, but Todd’s career in law enforcement began long before that.
Sheriff Entrekin’s career started in 1982 when he became a deputy. Todd’s hard work and diligence paid off, as he was able to attend the Northeast Alabama Police Academy. After graduating from the academy, Todd moved to Quantico, Virginia to attend the FBI National Academy.
>>>Since his appointment in 2007, Sheriff Entrekin set several benchmarks for the department to reach and all of those benchmarks have already been accomplished. These benchmarks range from founding a marine unit and dive team to establishing better relationships with the municipal police departments in the county. Regarding these relationships, Sheriff Entrekin stated, “The partnerships with other agencies only makes us all stronger and better equipped to benefit the taxpayers of Etowah County”.
By establishing these relationships, Sheriff Entrekin and the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office set a new precedent for the rest of the state of Alabama, as the county’s Joint Special Operations Group (JSOG) has expanded greatly. This unit combines the services of the Drug Enforcement Unit, the Gadsden police and fire departments, and the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office.
Another area that Sheriff Entrekin and his staff have made great strides in is their cooperation with federal agencies, such as the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and U.S Marshal’s Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force.
In 2011, Entrekin was summoned to testify, alongside U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), before Congress’s sub-committee on Homeland Security concerning the working relationship between local and state and federal agencies. The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office is highly involved with immigration because of their contract to house federal detainees in the Etowah County Detention Center. In 2003, the detention center received an $8 million expansion to aid in the housing of detainees and in 2011 was privileged to have a visit from ICE director, John Morton.
When Sheriff Entrekin isn’t working he likes to spend free time like many Alabamians do – hunting, fishing and being with his family. Todd met his wife, Karen Heath Entrekin, at the Sheriff’s Office, as she is also in the law enforcement field. Together they have three children – Colee, Jacob and Mallori. Colee studies nursing at the Univ. of Alabama, while Jacob is following in the family footsteps, as a patrol deputy at the Gadsden Police Department. Mallori is a student at Hokes Bluff High School.