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Sheriff John Samaniego
Major Hammac commands the Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division, Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force, and Compact 2020. Major Hammac has been with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office since 2004 where he began work as a patrol deputy. He was later transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division, during which time he served on the Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force. While working with the Secret Service, Hammac testified before the U.S. Congress during a committee hearing as an expert witness of law enforcement’s investigative techniques used to track organized crime networks. After his promotion to Sergeant, Hammac served as patrol supervisor. Hammac was later promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and served as the Assistant Division Commander of the Administrative Division. In 2015, he assumed command of Shelby County’s Drug Enforcement Task Force. During his command he was promoted to the rank of Captain and began additionally serving as the Executive Director of Compact 2020.
As commander of Shelby County’s multi-jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Task Force since 2015, he has led a team of highly trained and specialized criminal investigators, who specifically focus their efforts to intercept the sale and distribution of illegal narcotics. Hammac continues to serve as the Executive Director of Compact 2020, which is Shelby County’s initiative to address the needs of drug education, prevention, enforcement, and intervention among juveniles and justice-involved adults. Compact 2020 is a multi-jurisdictional effort comprised of four school systems, five municipal governments, the Shelby County Commission, Shelby District Attorney’s Office, and five different law enforcement agencies.
While at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Hammac was also a 10-year veteran of the Shelby County Multi-Jurisdictional Crisis Negotiations Unit, and Director of the Project Lifesaver program. Additionally, he was a founding member of the Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard team.
Hammac is a recipient of the Sheriff’s Office Lifesaving medal, two meritorious service awards, the Sheriff’s Award, and in 2018 was named one of the “Top 40 under 40 Law Enforcement Leaders” by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, amongst a candidate pool of more than 36,000 nominations worldwide.
Hammac is a past three-term president of the Shelby County Fraternal Order of Police, currently serves as the State Trustee in his second term, and serves as the chairman of the state’s legislative committee. Hammac is also a graduate of the 270th session of the FBI National Academy, the FBI’s Southeastern Law Enforcement Development Seminar for law enforcement executives, and the DEA’s HIDTA Drug Unit Commander Course.
Hammac holds an M.B.A. with a concentration in Accounting and Management. He also holds an undergraduate degree in Finance and Banking from the University of South Alabama where he served as president of the Student Government Association. He is also a graduate of Leadership Shelby County.
Hammac has also served as an ordained deacon through the Southern Baptist Church. In the recent past, he and his wife, Laura, faithfully served as foster parents through the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home for 11 years, during which time they opened their home to more than 25 children. Clay and Laura, and their four children, are members of Westwood Baptist Church in Alabaster where they actively serve in various ministry roles.
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