DOTHAN, Ala (WDHN) — The Alabama Sheriff’s Association has a new president, and its a face the Wiregrass will recognize.
Houston County Sheriff Donald Valenza took the oath during a ceremony on Tuesday, January 23, at the end of the Sheriff’s Association’s Winter Conference in Opelika.
Attendees of the ceremony included members of the association, sheriffs from across the state, and command staff from the Houston County Sheriff’s Office.
As president of the association, Sheriff Valenza will assist the other 66 Alabama sheriffs in times of need and be there for them should disaster strike.
Sheriff Valenza says that while he will uphold the duties of his newly appointed office, this will not take away from the citizens of his county.
“Houston County is my first priority,” Sheriff Valenza said.
Sheriff Valenza believes he is the first sheriff from Houston County to be bestowed this honor.
While serving in this role, Valenza will host the first-ever Sheriff’s Rodeo in May 2024. ASA Presidents hold office for one year.
Hailing from New Orleans, Louisiana, Valenza moved to Houston County in the early 1970s to play baseball at Wallace Community College while pursuing a degree in criminal justice.
Instead of going back to the Big Easy, in 1979, Valenza joined the Houston County Sheriff’s Office.
Over the years, Valenza has served in several roles with the Sheriff’s Office, including being on the department’s first SWAT Team in the 1980s. He has served as Houston County Sheriff since 2014.