Alabama State FOP

Past Presidents

Loren Carroll

Past President 1940’s-1950’s

Brother Loren Carroll served as Chief of Police in Huntsville, Alabama and was the third State FOP President.

T.L. Blakemore

Past President 1950’s

Brother T.L. Blakemore served as a Detective with the Huntsville Police Department and was the 5th State FOP President. Lodge 6 is named in his honor.

George Barron

Past President 1950’s

Brother George Barron served as Chief of Police in Bessemer, Alabama and was the 6th State FOP President.

Jack Shouse

Past President 1950’s

Brother Jack Shouse served as the 7th State FOP President.

Barney Harding

Past President 1970-1972

Barney Harding joined the Alabama State FOP in 1969. He has served as Guard, Vice President and President while also serving on various committees. He was integral in establishing several Alabama lodges. He also served as legislative committee chairman, and the National By-laws committee chairman. He was active in lobbying efforts in the Alabama legislature as well as getting a Merit System Bill passed for free education for LEO families. Brother Harding served at the Huntsville Police Department, Scottsboro Police department, Fountail Correctional Center and Auburn Police Department.

Earnie Cantrell

Past President 1973-1976

Brother Earnie Cantrell serviced as a Sergeant with the Birmingham Police Department, the State FOP Secretary and Treasurer and was the 12th State FOP President.

Bob Bryant

Past President 1968-1973

Brother Bob Bryant served as a Lieutenant with the Montgomery Police Department and was the 11th State FOP President.

Larry Phillips

Past President 1978-1980

Brother Larry Phillips served as an Alabama State Trooper, State FOP Secretary/Treasurer and National FOP Trustee from Alabama. He served as the 14th State FOP President.

Curtis Poe

Past President 1980-1981

Brother Curtis Poe served as Captain of Alabama Marine Police and the Conductor for the Alabama State FOP. He was the 15th State FOP President.

Joe Connick, III

Past President 1981-1982

Brother Joe Connick is a third generation law enforcement officer. He served with the Mobile Police Department and attended the National FBI Academy 119th Session. He served as the 16th State FOP President.

Horace Hodges

Past President 1983-1985

Brother Horace Hodges served as a Captain with the Tuscaloosa Police Department and as National FOP Trustee representing Alabama. He served as the 17th State FOP President.

Jack Gold

Past President 1994-1997

Brother Jack Gold served as a Detective with the Huntsville Police Department and was the 21st State FOP President.

Walter Crook

Past President 1986-1988

Brother Walter Crook is a 50 year member of the Alabama Fraternal Order of Police where he has served in a number of capacities during his tenure. He began his career with the Gulf Shores Police Department and moved to the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Department where he served as Sergeant and Investigator. He later moved to the Foley Police Department where he was hired as Chief Investigator before his retirement. He is a charter member of Baldwin County Lodge #43 and currently serves as Chaplain for Lodge 43. He was elected Alabama FOP Member of the Year in 1984 and again in 2017.

Jack Manley

Past President 1989-1990

Jack Manley joined the FOP in 1983 at King Hubbard Lodge 10. He became Chief of Police in Valley, AL in 1985 and transferred to Chambers County Lodge 20. He was elected as State Conductor in the State Lodge, and was elected Vice-president, and State President in 1989and 1990. In1993 he was elected as the State Lodge member on APOSTC.

Jim Ballard

Past President

Brother Jim Ballard served as State President for the Alabama State Lodge. He was a long-time member of Anniston Lodge 4. Brother Ballard passed away in 2022.

John Samniego

Past State President 1997-2001

John Samniego served as President of the Alabama State FOP from 1997-2001. Beginning his law enforcement service over 40 years ago, after graduating from the University of Alabama, John worked for the Tuscaloosa Police Department where he dedicated more than 20 years to Narcotics Investigations before being promoted to Assistant Chief of Police of the Tuscaloosa Police Department. He first came to Shelby County as the Chief Deputy of the Sheriff’s Office in 2003, and he served in this capacity until he was elected to the office of Sheriff in 2014. In his 40+ years in law enforcement, over 25 years of this experience has been in supervisory and command-level roles. He was elected Sheriff of Shelby County in 2015 where he is currently serving.

Bill Davis

Past President 2003-2011

Bill Davis started his law enforcement career with the Huntsville Police Department on September 17, 1973 and joined the T.L. Blakemore Lodge number 6 shortly after that in 1973. He served in several positions on the local board including President from 1994 to 2016. From 1997 to 2003 he held the State positions of Sergeant at Arms, Second Vice President, and Vice President, then in 2003 ran for President unopposed and served 8 years in that position. At present he is the longest serving President in the history of the state lodge. Brother Davis is currently a member of Albuquerque New Mexico Lodge #1 and currently serve as the Vice President. He has been a member of the FOP consistently for 47 years and still serving.

T.J. Phillips

Past President 2011-2016

TJ Phillips started his law enforcement career in 1985 with Dothan Police Department and retired in 2012. He has been an active member of the Fraternal Order of Police since 1985. He served as local lodge president from 1991 to 2003, was selected local lodge member of the year in 2005 and was selected as Alabama State Member of the year in 2005. He has served as Member of the Year Committee chairperson and the Vest Committee chairperson. Brother Phillips was elected Sergeant of Arms with the State Lodge in 2003 to 2006, 2nd Vice President 2006-2008, Vice President 2008-2011, and State President 2011-2016 and has been an active Past President since 2018. He also served on Membership Recruitment and Retention – Southeast District with the Grand Lodge from 2011-2015.