Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has appointed Joshua McLaughlin, chief investigator for the Limestone County district lawyer’s workplace, because the sheriff of Limestone County.
McLaughlin replaces Mike Blakely, who was faraway from workplace because of his conviction on theft and abuse of energy fees on August 2.
McLaughlin’s appointment is efficient instantly. He’ll full Blakely’s time period. The place comes open for election subsequent yr.
Earlier than becoming a member of the district lawyer’s workplace in 2014, McLaughlin labored as a narcotics investigator for the Limestone County sheriff’s division.
“Joshua McLaughlin not solely embodies one of the best qualities of a devoted member of regulation enforcement, but additionally that of somebody who’s dedicated to serving their neighborhood, being a person of religion and of his household. I’m proud to nominate Mr. McLaughlin to function Limestone County Sheriff,” Ivey mentioned in a press launch. “He believes, in the beginning, in defending his neighborhood, the rule of regulation and the rights of others. All through his profession in regulation enforcement, he has confirmed to be an advocate for private accountability, but additionally a believer in second possibilities.”
McLaughlin is concerned in varied neighborhood and state outreach applications, the governor’s workplace mentioned, together with serving on the Court docket Appointed Particular Advocates (CASA) North Alabama Board of Administrators, the chief committee of the Alabama District Legal professional Investigators Affiliation, the Unbiased Taking pictures Evaluation Advisory Council and is a Sunday faculty trainer and kids’s ministry chief at Lindsay Lane Baptist Church.
“The individuals of Limestone County need to have complete confidence and belief of their elected officers, and I’m assured that will likely be restored with Joshua McLaughlin,” Ivey mentioned.
Blakely was Alabama’s longest serving sheriff, having held the workplace since 1983, till his conviction by a Limestone County jury on one felony rely of theft and one rely of utilizing his place for private achieve.
Retired Choose Pamela Baschab sentenced Blakely to 3 years in jail. He’s out on bond whereas he appeals his conviction.