Samaniego, Bailey vying for sheriff spot in Nov. 4 election

Published 11:03 am Thursday, October 23, 2014

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

Current Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief John Samaniego and current Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office deputy Ken Bailey are seeking the Shelby County sheriff’s seat during the Nov. 4 general election.

Bailey and Samaniego are vying to replace current Shelby County Sheriff Chris Curry, who is not seeking re-election.

John Samaniego, won the Republican primary nomination with 55.41 percent of the votes, after running against Larry McDow, Kip Cole and Rick Needham. Bailey is running on the Libertarian ticket.

Polls will be open to voters on Nov. 4 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

The following is information about each sheriff candidate who is running in the Nov. 4 election:



Ken Bailey





Mailing address:

P.O. Box 381092
Hoover, Ala., 35238


Phone number:






Wife: Cynthia Jett Bailey

Children: Brandi, Sean and Felicia



-Associate of applied science degree from the Community College of the Air Force in aviation operations/management with a GPA of 4.0.

-Associate in applied science degree in law enforcement from Jefferson State Community College

-Bachelors of science degree in homeland security and public safety with a concentration in criminal justice at Herzing University with a GPA of 3.96.


Personal message:

I am confident that through hands-on leadership, I can restore the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office to a healthy state with an increased focus on public safety, sound finances, and accountability. It is important to consider that the role of Sheriff extends far beyond maintaining order in the Jail facilities and courts. I will work with each and every school district to find the best possible solution to ensure the safety of our children. This position involves many behind-the-scenes duties that are crucial to the well being of Shelby County.




John Samaniego





Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 589

Columbiana, AL 35051


Phone Number:






Married to Shirley Greller Samaniego. They have a daughter, Sophia.






* Law Degree from the Birmingham School of Law

* BSSW from the University of Alabama

* FBI National Academy 176th session (Former President of the Alabama National Academy Alumni Association)

* Leadership Shelby County

* DEA – Drug Unit Commander Academy

* The University of Alabama Law Enforcement Academy

* U.S. Secret Service Executive Protection training program

* CEO training program for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

* CSAP National Resource Training





Personal Message:

With the endorsement of Sheriff Chris Curry and the Shelby County District Attorney, as well as a vote of confidence from the employees of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Chief Deputy John Samaniego will seek the seat of Shelby County Sheriff on Nov. 4.

Samaniego would like to continue the progress and success of the Sheriff’s Office by continuing to move forward with the goals and implementation of professional standards that he and Curry have strived for during the previous three terms.

Samaniego has more than 35 years of law enforcement and command experience. For the past decade, Samaniego has developed new operating procedures and shifted the overall mission of the Sheriff’s Office toward community based policing standards.

Let’s continue the progress and professionalism of the Sheriff’s Office by electing John Samaniego to the office of Sheriff.