Orange Beach Police Chief Joe Fierro introduced three new officers and a new Support Services Technician to the City Council at its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
New to the force are full-time Officer Hunter Lanford, part-time Officer Greg Sanders, part-time Officer Seth McVickers and Support Services Technician Tyler Flowers. The three officers were sworn in by Orange Beach Municipal Judge Julian “Buddy” Brackin.
As introduced by Chief Fierro, Officer Sanders Greg Sanders came to Orange Beach after serving over 20 years at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office with experience in corrections, special victims unit, investigations and patrol. He’s APOSTC-certified and served in the U.S. Marines for 24 years, which included Operation Desert Storm.
Officer McVickers served for 8 years in the U.S. Army and was deployed overseas several times. After his military service, he received his APOSTC certification. He worked at the Auburn Police Department and Gulf Shores Police Department before coming to Orange Beach. He is currenting pursuing an associate’s degree in business management at Coastal Alabama Community College.
Officer Lanford served as an OBPD Support Services Technician for two years and graduated from the police academy at the Alabama Criminal Justice Training Center this summer.
Flowers is an Orange Beach native and joined the police department as a Support Services Technician in August.
Mayor Tony Kennon welcomed all of the new police staff and noted the city likes to hire veterans and locals, when possible. “They always rise to the top,” he said. “We appreciate them.”