Thursday, February 11, 2010 | 10:25 AM
Winston County Sheriff Ed Townsend was sworn in as President of the Alabama Sheriffs Association on Tuesday, February 2, 2010. "I humbly accept this position and will serve honorably," Townsend said. He added that it will be an honor to serve each of his fellow Sheriffs and friends.
In 1966 the sheriffs of Alabama founded a residential program for at-risk boys to provide long-term care for abandoned, abused and neglected children. This home, the Alabama Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches, has grown from a one-house Ranch in rural Dallas County to four Ranches statewide providing Christian, family-style homes for both boys and girls. The sheriffs are still actively involved with the youth in many capacities including referring children for placement, spearheading fund-raising events, and serving on the Ranch Board of Trustees. Their original motto “It’s easier to build boys and girls than to repair men and women” is still the driving force behind the current program. The organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of sheriffs and community leaders throughout the state. The budget is raised primarily through tax-deductible donations from individuals and corporations, fund-raising events, grants and bequests. Thre is more information at [http://www.sheriffsranch.org].
The Association has 67 members: the 67 Sheriffs in Alabama. It promotes and fosters the enforcement of law and order and cooperation among the state's sheriffs.