Ex-sheriff’s candidate arrested

Published 12:04 am Saturday, April 9, 2011

A county sheriff’s deputy escorts former sheriff’s candidate John Davis into the jail. | Kendra Bolling/ Star-News

A former candidate for sheriff was arrested Friday for allegedly obtaining criminal history information illegally and using his office for personal gain while he served as the Lockhart Police chief last year.

John Davis II was booked into the Covington County Jail on three counts of obtaining criminal offender record information under false pretenses and one count of violation of the Alabama ethics law, use of official position or office for personal gain and held on a $100,000 bond.

The cases were investigated by the Alabama Criminal Justice Information System (ACJIS), the agency responsible for collecting, storing, retrieving, analyzing and disseminating criminal justice data on the behalf of the State of Alabama, said ACIJS spokesperson Anna Tadlock.

“Mr. Davis was taken into custody at approximately 2:40 p.m. at the Florala Police Department by an ACJIS agent, and the case will be prosecuted by the Alabama Attorney General’s Office,” Tadlock said.

She said more information surrounding the case will be released Monday.

According to Davis’ sheriff’s 2010 candidacy bio, he had 10 years of law enforcement experience serving in the U.S. Army military police presidential honor guard, as a Maryland State Trooper, a road officer, as well as a road deputy with the Covington County Sheriff’s Office.

He ran on the Republican ticket in the last election and withdrew a month before the November election. He resigned from the Lockhart Police Department Oct. 29 after serving a year and a half to “take a new job in Maryland.”