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 30 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 2015, 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.
A native of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, Chief Waid graduated from Tuscaloosa County High School and later The University of Alabama, with honors, earning a Bachelor’s in Community Studies. In addition, he is a graduate of the FBI National Academy session 262 and Leadership Tuscaloosa. He has served the citizens of Tuscaloosa County as a Law Enforcement Officer for over 31 years.
Chief Waid is a second generation law enforcement officer in Tuscaloosa County. His late father served the citizens of the City of Tuscaloosa from 1961-1986. Like his father, Chief Waid began his career in law enforcement with the City of Tuscaloosa in October of 1985. He resigned that position in October of 1986 to accept a position offered by Sheriff Beasor Walker at the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office as a Detention Officer assigned to the Tuscaloosa County Jail. He was later promoted to Deputy where he was assigned to various divisions within the agency such as Patrol, Highway Drug Interdiction, and Criminal Investigations to include crimes against children.
Chief Waid was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1995 and assigned to the Patrol Division and later Criminal Investigations. Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 1999, he served in several capacities such as Patrol Shift Commander, Assistant Jail Administrator, and Criminal Investigations Commander. In 2006 he was promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned as Patrol Commander to include Uniformed Services Division and Communications. In 2013 he was promoted to the rank of Chief. In 2015 he was promoted to the rank of Chief Deputy and assigned the responsibility of the Sheriff’s Office daily operations as it pertains to Patrol, Investigations, Civil Process, and Communications.
Chief of Administration
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 33 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 addition to his administrative duties, Baker currently supervises all Technical Services specialty units (Tactical, K9, Aviation, EOD) within the Sheriff’s Office, the Training Division and Records Division.