By Tiffeny Owens
The Cullman Times
Tim Creel, an 18-year veteran Cullman County Sheriff’s Office, has announced his intention to run against incumbent Sheriff Mike Rainey in the 2014 Republican primary.
Creel currently works for the Guntersville Police Department after retiring from the Alabama National Guard in 2011 with 24 years of service which included a combat tour in Iraq in 2007-2008. At the sheriff’s department, Creel worked as a deputy in the patrol division and in the major crimes division — investigating homicides, robberies, car thefts, burglaries and narcotics. He was promoted to patrol supervisor, where he rose in rank from sergeant to lieutenant, and became team leader and team commander with the sheriff’s office Special Response Team.
Creel left the department in 2009 to take a full-time job with the Alabama National Guard. After retiring there, he accepted his current position in the patrol division with the Guntersville Police Department.
Creel said he thinks he has the right mix of law enforcement and military experience to bring a new level of management to the agency.
“I worked with the former Sheriff Tyler Roden during his four terms, and I saw the forward-thinking programs he had during his tenure,” he said. “I’d like to pick those up again and progress them as well.”
Some of the initiatives Creel said he would like to pursue are encouraging more communication within the community through town hall meetings and an interactive website, reevaluating the allocation of resources (personnel or equipment), enhancing training for school personnel so that they’ll be prepared for any crisis event and creating more cooperation among local and state law enforcement agencies.
If elected, Creel said his priorities would be foremost, the protection of Cullman County citizens, individualized, comprehensive crisis management plans for each school and working aggressively on drugs by allocating more resources to the problem.
Creel said he’s not running for the highest law enforcement office in the county for the status the position may bring.
“It’s not about ego. It’s not a one-man show. Operational decisions will be made by an experienced and knowledgeable command staff. The people of Cullman County deserve what they’re paying taxes for,” Creel said. “I’m not saying the current administration is doing a bad job. I just think there are ways to do the job more efficiently.”
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