Chilton County Sheriff's Office
John Shearon was born in Prattville Alabama December 30th 1967 and has lived in Chilton County since 1984 where he met his wife of 27 years, Lisa Willis Shearon. They have two children Ashley and Paul. In 2014 they were blessed when their niece April came to live with them.
Prior to being elected Sheriff of Chilton County he has held a variety of law enforcement positions. John started his law enforcement career in 1996 at the Chilton County Sheriff’s Office as an unpaid volunteer reserve deputy. After his completion from the Jefferson County Sheriff Academy in May of 1999 he accepted employment as a Deputy Sheriff for the Chilton County Sheriff’s Office. In 2001 he was promoted to Sergeant over patrol supervising day shift patrol deputies. In 2002 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division as an investigator. Over the years he obtained good working relationships with agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Alabama Bureau of Investigations, State Agricultural Department, State Fire Marshal’s Office, Department of Human Resources as well as many surrounding municipal and county agencies.
In May of 2008 he accepted employment at Calera Police Department working in the patrol division. In November of 2013 John was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division as an Investigator. Just like his tenure at the Chilton County Sheriff’s Office John had the opportunity to work a variety of crimes such as murder, arson, sexual assault, robbery, burglary, theft, child abuse and other type crimes.
Over the course of his career John has attended and completed numerous continued educational courses and specialized training to include:
Combat Firearms Training
Certified Hostage Negotiator
Certified Fire Investigator
Evidence and Crime Scene Investigations
Interview and Interrogation
Also many other Law Enforcement Courses
Board, Committee and Memberships include:
Past Board Member- Chilton County Court Services
Present Board Member- Chilton County 911
Present Chaplain- Smith-Dale Lodge #31 Fraternal Order of Police
John achieved his long time goal of serving the citizens of Chilton County when he was elected Sheriff in November of 2014. He was sworn in as Sheriff on January 20th 2015. John was sworn in for his second term of office on January 14, 2019. John is still very proud to serve the people of Chilton County as their Sheriff.
Chilton County Sheriff's Office
The Chief Deputy holds a non-elected appointed position in the Sheriff's Office and acts in the Sheriff's absence to ensure that the mission and philosophy of the Sheriff is carried out. This position requires the completion of the minimum standards training from Alabama Peace Officers' Standards and Training Commission (APOST) and must attend continued education classes annually. The Chief's job is to plan and direct the operations of the Chilton County Sheriff's Office in order to ensure the effective and efficient enforcement of federal, state and county statutes. Major duties include developing, implementing and enforcing policies and procedures for all divisions within the office of Sheriff-Criminal Patrol, Investigations, and Corrections. The Chief is the primary liaison between Division Commanders and the Sheriff and is in some cases acting in the capacity of a Division Commander. Other areas of responsibilities include investigating allegations and complaints of misconduct, participating in criminal prosecution, interacting with citizens in the community, overseeing the performance of technical law enforcement duties, budgeting, and performing various other administrative duties. The Chief is subject to the usual hazards of law enforcement work and reports directly to the Sheriff of Chilton County.
Gerald Mims is a lifelong resident of Chilton County and was sworn in as Chief Deputy on January 20, 2015. Chief Mims started his law enforcement career in 1997 as a reserve deputy and corrections officer at the Chilton County Jail. After graduation from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Academy in May of 1999 he accepted a position as a sworn patrolman at Clanton Police Department. Since 1997 Chief Mims has held a variety of law enforcement positions both local and international to include: Corrections Officer, Reserve Deputy, Patrol supervisor, Jail Administrator/Division commander for the Chilton County Sheriff's Office. Five years international experience in Iraq, Afghanistan and Haiti. Duties included training and advisory roles, employed by the United States Department of Defense and Department of State.
Chief Mims married his wife Renae Franklin Mims in February of 1992 and continues to live in Chilton County. They have four children and three grandchildren.
Assistant Chief Deputy
Chilton County Sheriff's Office
Shane Mayfield was hired in January 1999 as Assistant Chief Deputy with the Chilton County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant Chief Deputy Mayfield is responsible for all Special Operations Division which encompasses Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, SWAT, and Diver Rescue/Recovery. Chief Mayfield is a graduate of The University of Alabama 1989-1992 with a B.A. in Criminal Justice and was the Honor Student of the 105th Session of the University of Alabama Law Enforcement Academy.The Assistant Chief Deputy is the primary liaison between Division Commanders and the Sheriff and is in some cases acting in the capacity of a Division Commander. Other areas of responsibilities include developing plans for situations/events, investigating allegations and complaints of misconduct, participating in criminal prosecution, coordinating activities with other groups or agencies, interacting with citizens in the community, overseeing the performance of technical law enforcement duties, and performing various other administrative duties.
Prior to his current position, Chief Mayfield began his Law Enforcement career in 1993 to 1999 as a Police Officer for the City of Millbrook, Al. While with Millbrook PD Chief Mayfield advanced through the ranks as Corporal, Sergeant, and Lieutenant commanding the Patrol Division. Chief Mayfield, while at Millbrook PD, worked with the Central Alabama Drug Task Force as a Drug and Drug Related Violent Crimes Investigator working Chilton, Elmore, and Autauga Counties.
Chief Mayfield is an active instructor in:
Response to Active Shooter
NRA Firearms Instructor in Handgun/Shotgun/Tactical Shooting
Less Lethal Munitions
Chief Mayfield additionally completed over 500 hours in continuing law Enforcement Training.
Chief Mayfield is married to Angie Avery Mayfield who is a local practicing Attorney and lifelong residents of Chilton County. Together they have four children who attend school in Chilton County.
Chilton County Sheriff’s Office
Ken Harmon was promoted to the rank of Captain, Patrol Division Commander of the Chilton County Sheriff’s Office, in Oct 2012. Captain Harmon is responsible for all Uniform Patrol Division Operations in the Sheriff’s Office and commands 31 employees. Captain Harmon is a graduate of the Jefferson County Reserve Academy and was hired by Sheriff Billy Wayne Fulmer in Oct. 2001. Captain Harmon is a graduate of Columbia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration with a minor in Arson Investigation. The major areas of responsibility include managing the physical operation of Patrol, Civil Division, Courthouse Security, Reserve Deputies, Project Lifesaver Program and developing plans for situations/events, coordinating activities with other groups or agencies, interacting with citizens in the community, overseeing the performance of the patrol deputies, and performing various other administrative duties. Maintaining the skills and training for making decisions concerning law enforcement and emergency situations is a prerequisite.
Prior to his current position, Captain Harmon advanced through the jail with ranks as Sergeant, and then Patrol Deputy, and was promoted to Captain over Corrections Division from June 2008 to Oct. 2012.
Captain Harmon has completed Rural Executive Management, Project Lifesaver Instructor, FBI Crisis Negotiator, Patrol Officers Response to Street Drugs, 80 Hour Jail Management, Drug Identification, Introduction to Patrol Drug Investigations, PPCT/SSGT Defensive Tactics, Officer Survival/Combat Course, Criminal Patrol/ T-Cap, Meth and Other Clandestine Lab Safety, Behavior Analysis & Interviewing Techniques and Ethics & Accountability in Law Enforcement, Nation Basic School Resource Officer, Explosive Detection Canine Course.
Captain Harmon resides in Chilton County with his wife and four children.
Chilton County Sheriff's Office
Captain/Warden - Corrections Division Commander holds a non-elected appointed position in the Sheriff’s Office and is responsible for all Corrections Operations and commands twenty-nine (29) employees. The operational responsibilities include the daily operations of the Chilton County Jail including care, custody and control of inmates, Finance, Compliance contracts for medical services, Commissary Services, Food Service, Jail Telephone, inmate classification, visitation, mail and inmate transports locally and to the Alabama Department of Corrections and other jails.
Trae Barfield has been a resident of Chilton County since the age of sixteen. Captain Barfield started his law enforcement career in 2003 as a reserve deputy with the Chilton County Sheriff’s Office. Since 2003 Captain Barfield has held a variety of law enforcement positions to include: Reserve Deputy, Reserve Deputy Chaplain, Reserve Deputy Captain, S.W.A.T. Operator with the Special Operations Unit, Corrections Officer and Captain/Warden.
Specialized Training includes Alabama Jail Training Academy, Alabama Criminal Justice Training, Northeast Alabama Law Enforcement Academy, University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute, Alabama Tactical Officers Association, National Sheriffs Association, U.S. Department of Justice, FEMA, SSGT Defensive Tactics, Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force, and Project Lifesaver - Trainer. With other specialized training topics including: Jail Management, Officer Responsibilities and Offender Supervision, Executive Level Management, Special Weapons and Tactics, Active Shooter Response Training, Crisis Management for School-Based Incidents, Tactical Bus Assault, Advanced Mechanical Breaching, Strategic Self-Defense and Grappling Tactics, Below 100-Officer Safety Training, FBI Operational Debriefs, National Methamphetamine Investigations, National Methamphetamine Challenge for Law Enforcement Executives, National Methamphetamine Awareness, Identification and Safety for First Responders, Clandestine Lab Awareness, and Project Lifesaver.
Captain Barfield resides in Chilton County with his wife of 36 years. They have two children and two grandchildren.