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Fulmer takes helm

Jemison’s newly appointed police chief, Shane Fulmer, has been associated with law enforcement all his life.

Growing up the grandson of a former deputy sheriff, Billy “Floyd” Fulmer, and the son of a former sheriff, Billy Fulmer, Chief Fulmer is continuing his family’s tradition of protecting and serving others by enforcing the law.

Monday night Jemison’s Council unanimously appointed Fulmer chief of Jemison’s Police Department.

“I am honored that the city council has put its trust in me to lead the police department forward,” he said, adding, “The support I have already received from the council and other residents is encouraging. It is a good feeling to have the support of the people as you do your job.”

Being a member of a family that has several members involved in law enforcement, Fulmer graduated from Selma High School and enrolled in the Alabama Police Officers’ Training Program at the University of Alabama. “After graduating high school and while I was in Alabama’s Police Officer’s Training Program,” he said, “I was always involved in the sheriff’s reserve officers’ program. Just before graduating, I became a patrol officer for the Town of Maplesville.”

Chief Fulmer left Maplesville’s Police Department in 1995 to become a patrol officer for the City of Clanton. In 1999, he joined the Chilton County Sheriff’s Department as its narcotics investigator. Later he became the sheriff’s department’s chief investigator.

In October 2007, he joined the Jemison Police Department as a patrolman and was promoted to assistant chief and investigator in June 2008. Fulmer was named interim chief at Jemison when former chief Brian Stilwell became police chief in Clanton in December 2008.

Fulmer said he expects his officers to act professionally at all times and to treat people with whom they come in contact in a professional manner. Chief Fulmer will supervise nine full time officers and 10 part time officers.

“Through the years I have worked with the Jemison Police Department on cases but did not realize just how busy the department was until I began working here,” he said. He said he wanted his department to continue to improve the services provided to the people of Jemison.

In the past four years, he earned a criminal justice degree from Virginia College and has attended many law enforcement programs and conferences.

Fulmer and his wife, Angela, are the parents of three children, Hailey, Collin and Allie. His wife is a certified court reporter.

In addition to his father and grandfather, Chief Fulmer’s family includes several others who serve as law enforcement officers. His brother, Billy, is an Alabama State Trooper as is a cousin, and an uncle serves as a deputy sheriff in Dallas County.

Looking ahead, Chief Fulmer said, “The police department is here for the people and we will be a people’s police department in Jemison.”