A native of Tuscaloosa County, Chief Loyd Baker graduated from Central High of Tuscaloosa in 1981 and later earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama and a Master’s Degree in Justice Administration from Faulkner University in Montgomery. He has served the citizens of Tuscaloosa County for over 36 years.
Chief Baker began his career with a college internship at the Sheriff’s Office in 1983, volunteering with the Tuscaloosa County Youth Aid Division for two years. He was later hired as a dispatcher with the University of Alabama Police Department. Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Beasor Walker hired Baker as a detention officer in July 1986, and promoted him to Deputy Sheriff shortly thereafter.
Chief Baker has worked in most every area of the Sheriff’s Office, from patrol to most areas of investigation. He was assigned as an investigator with the Tuscaloosa County Homicide Unit in 1989 and served there until he was promoted to sergeant in 1994. Baker worked patrol until he was promoted to Lieutenant in 1997, and was put in charge of the Tuscaloosa Metro Juvenile Division and Gang Unit. Baker was then made commander of the Criminal Investigations Division where he served until 2001.
In 2001, Baker became Commander of the Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit and led that unit for approximately 12 years. Baker was promoted to Captain while serving as the Homicide Unit Commander. He was also named Commander of the Sheriff’s Office Tactical Unit, which he had been a part of since becoming a deputy. In 2013, Baker was promoted to Chief of Administration in 2015 and then Chief Deputy in 2022, Baker is currently the Commander of the Tuscaloosa County Jail.
Chief Deputy G.W. Keller has been a law enforcement officer for the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office since 2004. He was promoted to the rank of Chief Deputy in January 2023 and has worked as a Patrol Deputy and Supervisor, Training Coordinator, Narcotics Agent, School Resource Officer and as a Criminal Investigator/Internal Affairs Investigator. Chief Deputy Keller spent time as the Tactical Team Commander and was a team member for 19 years. He led a team of 20 team members that respond to high risk calls in Tuscaloosa County and surrounding counties.
Chief Deputy G.W. Keller has been a resident of Tuscaloosa County since 1996.
He was a student athlete at the University of Alabama, where he played baseball and graduated with a degree in Psychology. Chief Deputy Keller has attended numerous seminars and specialty training schools, including the FBI Southeastern Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (SLEDS), the F.B.I. Firearms Instructor School and FBI Sniper School, Tactical Operator Instructor, Training Management and Risk Mitigation for S.W.A.T, Crisis Intervention and Leadership Development.
Chief Keller has received several awards, including Fraternal Order of Peace 2014 Deputy of the Year, the first ever Sheriff’s Award in 2015, 2018 First Responder of the Month and numerous Sheriff’s Certificate of Merit Awards.
Chief of Administration
A native of Tuscaloosa County, Chief Alex Miles graduated from Northside High School in 1997. Chief Miles started his career in law enforcement when he enlisted in the military in March 1997. Upon graduation from high school, Chief Miles attended US Army One Station Unit Training at Ft. McClellan, Alabama where he completed basic and Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) training in his primary MOS of Military Police Officer (95B). Throughout his military career, Miles worked in both an active-duty and reserve capacity serving at various locations throughout the world. Chief Miles was deployed in support of Operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom, and numerous natural disasters including Hurricane Katrina. Miles also served as a Small Group Instructor and Total Army Instructor/ Trainer from 2006-2011 with the 1st MP BN, 200th TRNG RGN where he helped train soldiers in obtaining the Military Police Officer MOS.
In 2007 Miles began his civilian law enforcement career with the University of Alabama Police Department. In May 2008, Miles began employment with the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office as a patrol deputy until being moved to the position of investigator with the Criminal Investigations Division in March 2009. In May of 2011, Miles was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
In May of 2021, Miles was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and in January 2023, he was promoted to the rank of Chief. Throughout his career at the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Miles has attended numerous continuing education and developmental courses to include, FBI SLEDS course, FBI and NRA firearms instructor’s courses, FBI sniper school, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office (SEB) SWAT school. Miles has held numerous titles and responsibilities to include, Jail Sergeant, CID Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant and Sergeant, Internal Affairs Investigator, Training Coordinator, Honor Guard, Sniper and Tactical Team Operator, along with K9 handler (Bloodhound) and K9 Unit Commander. Miles is currently assigned as Chief of Administration.