Former Walker County Sheriff Joe Robertson died Thursday. He was 78.Robertson served as sheriff from 1991 to 1995. Running as a Democrat, he succeeded Republican incumbent Bill Ingram in the 1990 …
Former Walker County Sheriff Joe Robertson died Thursday. He was 78.
Robertson served as sheriff from 1991 to 1995. Running as a Democrat, he succeeded Republican incumbent Bill Ingram in the 1990 election and was defeated by John Mark Tirey in the 1994 Democratic primary.
Before serving as sheriff, Robertson was an Alabama State Trooper for 29 years.
A graduate of Walker High School, he worked for the Jasper Fire Department after high school and also served in the Alabama National Guard.
"He served the people of Alabama in a lot of ways and always very respectably," said Walker County Revenue Commissioner Jerry Guthrie, who served as a jailer and a deputy at the sheriff's department during Robertson's tenure.
Guthrie was a coal miner before being hired by Robertson.
"I was very grateful for the opportunity. I had been in the coal mines a long time, and we were in a layoff. Mr. Robertson gave me an opportunity to come to work for him. He was certainly a good sheriff to work for," Guthrie said.
Jasper Police Chief J.C. Poe was an investigator at the sheriff's department when Robertson was elected and was promoted to director of the county's narcotics unit during his tenure.
"He was always a people person and reached out to help people when he could. He was a great representative of law enforcement," Poe said.
Funeral services for Robertson will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Kilgore-Green Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Walker Memory Gardens.
Visitation will be Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.