Chambers County Sheriff retires after more than 40 years in law enforcement

CHAMBERS COUNTY, Ala. (WTVM) – Sid Lockhart served Chambers County for 40 years. More than half of that time was spent as county sheriff.

Next week, voters will have to choose a new leader as Lockhart retires.

Lockhart says it’s time for him to retire, but having served as sheriff for the past 28 years has been a blessing.

He tried not to get emotional today, but he absolutely loved serving Chambers County.

Lockhart served Chambers County for 40 years and 28 of those years as sheriff.

He started his first Christmas job at age 20 working at the prison as a corrections officer.

Lockhart says he grew up on the sheriff’s reservations and realized while helping so many people that he wanted his role to become a career.

“I just get involved in the community. We are involved in so many community affairs, I really love giving back to the people who gave and elected me for 28 years.

Right now, it’s Lockhart and Terry Wood’s Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch’s annual onion load, where all proceeds will go towards buying the girls’ necessities they need for their ranch.

Lockhart says her favorite memories always give back to others, but it’s hard to pick just one.

“Well, one of our major things is the sheriffs rodeo and the special needs rodeo and we take the money and we buy equipment for the deputies, so I guess I really appreciate every year when it’s rodeo time.”

Lockhart says he plans to get a part-time job in retirement, travel and spend time with his grandchildren. He says he still plans to stay connected to the community and find ways to give back. Lockhart admits leaving her police family will be difficult.

“I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart and people have been so good to me, I can’t begin to thank you enough.”

Lockhart says it’s not always about arresting people and putting them in jail, but about helping others and keeping the community safe.

Next week, Republican voters will have to decide between Richard Carter or Jeff Nelson to replace the outgoing sheriff.

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