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 Etta T. Matthews, a native of Florida began her career with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department in August, 1986 as a Correctional Officer.  She is a graduate of the Class 85/9 from the Alabama Corrections Academy in Selma, Alabama.  Etta considers herself an overachiever; she is very eager, proficient and dedicated to her career.  In 1986 when hired as a Correctional Officer, it did not take her long to strive and move up the ladder; in 1987 she was promoted to Sergeant.

In 1992 she was promoted to Lieutenant.  She remained a Lieutenant until she was promoted to Captain on March 15, 2010.  Captain Matthews currently serves in the capacity of Captain of Security of the Mac Sim Butler Montgomery County Detention Facility.  The security of the Facility is as equally important as the safety of the staff, inmates and visitors within.  She works diligently, striving to make the facility a safe and secure workplace.

Her duties include ensuring that all equipment is properly maintained for use.  Conducting/ensuring that background testing and screening of potential applicants to include vendors are completed and approved for entry into the facility.  Her essential functions include managing corrections officers and civilian staff, investigating and resolving complaints, coordinating the tasks assigned to the division personnel and ensuring the safety of staff and inmates.  To ensure that the everyday maintenance issues are addressed and that the everyday running of the facility is maintained.

Captain Matthews is also responsible for the training of personnel.  She strongly believes in "being a part of the solution and not a part of the problem".  She takes great pride in her participation in all the community outreach programs, such as Camp Show and Tell, Deputy Dave and the Senior and Kids Fishing Rodeos.  As an Officer and individual she is committed to and passionate about any and all endeavors as Captain.

Captain Matthews is a member of the National Sheriff's Association, Alabama Sheriff's Association, The Alabama Jail Association and  presently attending the Alabama Jail Training Academy through the ACCA.  Captain Matthews is also a graduate of Leadership Montgomery.