A native of Tuscaloosa; Alabama, a graduate of Central High School, Stillman College with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with Honors, the FBI National Academy session 229 and Leadership Tuscaloosa. Chief Eric Bailey has served the Citizens of Tuscaloosa county with over 27 years of Law Enforcement experience.
Chief Bailey was hired in 1987 by then Sheriff Beasor Walker as a Detention Officer assigned to the Tuscaloosa County Jail and later promoted to Deputy where he was assigned to various divisions within the agency such as Patrol, Criminal Investigations and the Homicide Unit.
Chief Bailey was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1999 and assigned as Shift Commander Patrol Division. Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2002, Lt. Bailey served in several capacities as the Division Head of Patrol, Civil and Communications where he was later assigned as the Assistant Jail Administrator of the Tuscaloosa County Jail in 2007.
Returning back to where he began his career Lt. Bailey oversaw the daily operations of the Tuscaloosa County Jail with an average inmate population of 625 inmates, 86 full and part time staff and the National Re-Accreditation of the only Accredited Adult Facility in the State of Alabama through the American Correctional Association in 2008.
In 2009 Lt. Bailey was promoted to Chief of Jail Operations. In 2013 Bailey was appointed Chief Deputy by Sheriff Ron Abernathy. Chief Bailey oversees the daily operations of the Sheriff's Office, the Jail facility, and its re-accreditation through the American Correctional Association.
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