Lodge President

James Sellers

James Sellers began his career in Law Enforcement in 1997 in the Correction's Division of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. James was promoted to Deputy Sheriff in 1998. 

 

James currently serves the Sheriff's Office as a School Resource Officer (SRO), working in the Oak Mountain School System. Prior to his assignment as an SRO, James served in the Patrol and Transport Divisions.

 

James received a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice from UAB and was a founding member of Shelby County Project Lifesaver team.  James is currently an advisor with Shelby County Law Enforcement Explorer Program

 

You may contact James at jsellers@shelbyfop.com.

Lodge Vice President

Secretary/Treasurer

Ryan Shivers

Ryan has been a member of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office since January of 2003. Ryan started his law enforcement career as a reserve with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and was hired to a full time position in September 2004. He has been an active member of the Lodge since 2005.

 

Ryan is currently assigned to the Patrol Division of the Sheriff's Office as a School Resource Officer and also serves or has served as an:

 

  • FBI certified Crisis Negotiator
  • FBI certified Instructor
  • Certified Field Training Officer
  • Member of the Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard

 

Ryan received a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University in 2007 and his Masters of Arts in Human Services Counseling: Criminal Justice from Liberty University in August 2014.

 

Ryan serves as the chairperson for the Annual Ruth Barnes Memorial Golf Tournament, which the Lodge hosts every year. Under his direction the Tournament has raised record funds that have been donated to the Owens House as well as Easter Seals of Alabama.

 

Ryan has also served the Lodge in the capacity of Second Vice President, and Secretary/Treasurer prior to being elected to Vice President.

 

Ryan and his family live in Shelby County and are proud members of Lakeside Baptist Church.

 

You may contact Ryan at rshivers@shelbyfop.com

Second Vice President

Jesse Woodard

Bio coming soon...

Chaplain

Jack Brakefield

Bio coming soon...

Sergeant-at-Arms

Denver McCool

Bio coming soon...

State Trustee

Jim Barnes

Bio coming soon...

 

You may contact Jim at jbarnes@shelbyfop.com

Parliamentarian

Sheriff John Samaniego

John Samaniego currently serves the citizens of Shelby County as the Sheriff of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. 

 

Sheriff Samaniego served as the elected President of the Alabama State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police from 1997 - 2001.  Sheriff Samaniego is currently a lifetime member of the Shelby County Lodge.

 

Beginning his law enforcement service more than 35 years ago, after graduating from the University of Alabama, John worked for the Tuscaloosa Police Department where he dedicated more than 20 years to Narcotics Investigations. 

 

 

In 1991 John served as the Commander of the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force until 2001 when he was promoted to Assistant Chief of Police of the Tuscaloosa Police Department.  During his career at the Tuscaloosa Police Department, John earned his law degree from the Birmingham School of Law.  He then served as the Chief Deputy of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office for twelve years prior to being elected Sheriff in 2014.

 

Sheriff Samaniego has chartered, served, and currently serves on many boards and committees to include:

 

  • President of the Alabama Chapter of the FBI National Academy (2005-2007)
  • Tuscaloosa County Drug Court (1999-2003)
  • Commissioner of the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (1997-2007)
  • Executive Planning Committee for Alabama Schools for Alcohol and other drug studies (1995-2003)
  • Parent Resource Institute for Drug Education (1991 - 2001)
  • President of Partnership for a Drug Free Tuscaloosa County (1996-1998)
  • Appointed member of the Governor’s Commission on School Violence (1993-1994)
  • Owens House of Shelby County
  • Shelby County Community Corrections
  • Charter member of the Alabama Narcotics Officers Association (1983-present)

 

Sheriff Samaniego is also a graduate of:

 

  • The 176th Session of the FBI National Academy
  • The University of Alabama Law Enforcement Academy
  • Leadership Shelby County
  • U.S. Secret Service Executive Protection training program
  • CEO training program for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
  • DEA - Drug Unit Commander Academy
  • CSAP National Resource Training

 

 

 

You may contact Sheriff Samaniego at johns@shelbyfop.com

Immediate Past President

David Morrow

David Morrow began his career in Law Enforcement in 1998 in the Correction's Division of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. David remained with the Sheriff's Office until 2003, when he was hired with Columbiana Police Department. David was a Police Officer in Columbiana until 2005, when he rejoined the Shelby County Sheriff's Office as a Deputy Sheriff and has been serving at the Sheriff's Office since.

In 2013, David was awarded the Medal of Valor for successfully negotiating with an armed gunman that entered a local school and held students at gunpoint. 

 

David currently serves the Sheriff's Office as a School Resource Officer (SRO) working in the Chelsea School System. Prior to his assignment as an SRO, David served in the Patrol and Civil Divisions.

 

David has two great kids and resides in Pelham.  

 

David's involvement with Lodge 41 began in 2006.  He faithfully served as Chaplain from 2007 to 2014 until he was elected Lodge President.
 

David has been in Ministry since 1984, serving as a Youth Director, Evangelist, Music Minister and Pastor. He is currently an Ordained Minister with the Church Of God.

 

You may contact David at dmorrow@shelbyfop.com