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Derrick Cunningham was born in Tacoma, Washington and moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama with his family when he was 12 years old.  He graduated from Tuscaloosa County High School and later moved to Montgomery, Alabama where he began his law enforcement career. 

On Friday, January 16, 2015, Derrick Cunningham was sworn in as the current Sheriff of Montgomery County as well as the first African-American Sheriff of Montgomery County.

Cunningham always knew law enforcement was his calling in life.  He was appointed by Sheriff D.T. Marshall in 1999 to the position of Chief Deputy of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. His responsibilities included overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Sheriff's Office as well as the Mac Sim Butler Detention Facility or as it is commonly called, the "County Jail".  Furthermore, he was in charge of the budget for the Sheriff's Office which operates on an annual income of 27 million dollars. Before his appointment, Cunningham was employed by the Montgomery Police Department.  He started his law enforcement career in 1989 as a patrol officer.  He finished his tenure with the Montgomery Police Department in the Detective Division where he was assigned to the homicide unit and was a member of the International Homicide Investigators Association.

Cunningham has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Troy University and a Master of Science Degree from the University of Phoenix. He has attended numerous schools and seminars throughout the United States since the start of his law enforcement career. He attended the F.B.I. National Academy and is a graduate of Class 231, December 2007.  He is retired from the Alabama National Guard with over twenty four years of service.  Cunningham is the point of contact for Homeland Security for Montgomery County, overseeing funding for the county.  He also graduated from the 108th National  Sheriff's Institute in Aurora, Colorado in September 2015. Cunningham was sworn in as Sergeant of Arms with the Alabama Sheriff's Association in January 2017.


Memberships Held

  • Alabama Sheriff's Association 
  • National Sheriff's Association
  • United Way Community Council Board Member
  • Say-No (Substance Abuse Youth Networking)
  • Boy Scouts of America Tukabatchee Council
  • D.H.R. Quality Assurance Committee
  • Iron Men
  • Exchange Club of Montgomery
  • Kiwanis Club of Montgomery
  • Narrow Lane McInnis Neighborhood Association
  • Leadership Montgomery
  • Omega PSI PHI Fraternity
  • Sheriff Cunningham is a Certified Advanced Crime Prevention Specialist with the American Crime Prevention Institute