Flowers sworn in as chief deputy
by CHRIS NORWOOD
Talladega County Circuit Judge Bo Hollingsworth administers the oath of office to new Chief Deputy Ken Flowers, while Flowers’ wife Sally holds the Bible. Mrs. Flowers is the Talladega County Revenue Commissioner.
TALLADEGA COUNTY – Former Talladega County Jail Administrator Ken Flowers was sworn in Friday afternoon by Circuit Judge Bo Hollingsworth as the county’s second chief deputy. Flowers succeeds Jimmy Kilgore, who was sworn in as sheriff last month following the retirement of Jerry Studdard.

According to Hollingsworth, Flowers is married to Talladega County Revenue Commissioner Sally Flowers. They have two daughters.

Hollingsworth said he first got to know Flowers in Childersburg, where Hollingsworth was the city prosecutor and Flowers worked for the police department.

“I know him as a man of honesty and intergrity,” Hollingsworth said. “If you learn what’s in someone’s heart, you can learn what’s in their head. I know when the sheriff was contemplating his choices, he made the intelligent and correct decision.”

Kilgore agreed, saying “when it came time to make the decision, it was a no brainer. He had worked alongside me for years, he ran the jail impeccably, and I know we wouldn’t have been able to expand it the way we did without his guidance and leadership. He is a man of character and integrity, and he has more leadership experience in law enforcement than probably anybody else in this room.”

Flowers thanked Kilgore for his “confidence in me. Over a 39 year career in law enforcement, I am hoping this is my last swearing in. I would like to finish my career here. But until then, I plan to do the best job I can for this department and the public we are sworn to protect.”

Kilgore said Capt. Ron Smith would be replacing Flowers as the jail administrator.

Contact Chris Norwood at cnorwood@dailyhome.com.

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