State officials made a surprise announcement on Tuesday that Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) Commissioner Kim Thomas has resigned.
In the same press release, the Governor’s office also announced Colonel Jefferson S. Dunn will become the new commissioner after he retires from United States Air Force in March.
Billy Sharp will take over as interim commissioner. Sharp is well-known in Tuscaloosa County where he recently served as interim sheriff and as a volunteer instructor with the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission for 37 years at the Tuscaloosa Academy. He also worked at the Alabama Criminal Justice Center for 31 years.