Sheriff Jimmy Kilgore began his law enforcement career in 1979 as a patrol officer for the Talladega Police Department. He was promoted to a patrol supervisor and continued there until resigning in 1987 to enter the private sector. He returned to the law enforcement field in 1988 when Sheriff Jerry Studdard hired him as a deputy sheriff. He rose through the ranks in the Sheriff’s Office serving as an Investigator, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Chief Investigator and in 2000 Sheriff Studdard appointed him as the Chief Deputy. Kilgore served in the capacity of Chief Deputy for 13 years until Sheriff Studdard retired in 2013, and Governor Robert Bentley appointed him as Sheriff on March 13th, 2013. Sheriff Kilgore ran for election in 2014 and succeeded to become the first Republican elected Sheriff in Talladega County since reconstruction after the Civil War.