RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - After 21 years, Russell County Sheriff Tommy Boswell has announced he is not running in the next election.
And now, he is supporting the man he hopes will fill his shoes.
A crowd of more than 500 people came out in support of Lieutenant Heath Taylor at the Phenix City Activities Center Thursday night for his campaign kick-off event.
Taylor has officially thrown his hat in the ring to run in next year's race.
He says the job of sheriff is his life-long dream.
"I think that I have the dedication to serve this community and the experience to protect it so I absolutely think I'm the man for the job," he told News Leader 9.
"I hope that he has a successful campaign and is the next Sheriff," Sheriff Boswell said.
Heath Taylor has been with the Russell County Sheriff's office for 20 years, nine of which he has served as Chief Investigator. Prior to that, he worked for the Opelika Police Department for 2 years. He has also been a patrol officer and a member of the local Drug Task Force.
Taylor says he's handled thousands of criminal cases- law enforcement experience he says makes him the best candidate for Sheriff.