Gov. Ivey appoints new Lowndes County sheriff

Gov. Ivey appoints new Lowndes County sheriff
Gov. Kay Ivey has appointed Christopher West as Lowndes County's new sheriff. (Source: Lowndes County Sheriff's Office)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Gov. Kay Ivey has appointed a new sheriff for Lowndes County.

According to Gina Maiola with the governor’s office, Christopher West will be the new sheriff. West was Lowndes County’s chief deputy and has served in law enforcement for 24 years, according to his biography on the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office website. He’s served in Lowndes County, as well as Fort Deposit as the chief of police.

Prior to his law enforcement career, West served for five years in the United States Marine Corps. He is also a graduate of Herzig University in Birmingham.

According to the governor’s office, he is the current administrative assistant to the Fort Deposit chief of police. He left his position as deputy sheriff in Lowndes County in 2018.

He’s got big shoes to fill but I’m very confident that he can do that and he certainly is excited to serve,” said Ivey.

West was appointed after the shooting death of Sheriff John “Big John” Williams in November.

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