Assistant Sheriff Anthony Pippen joined the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in 1980 as a Deputy. He worked in the Corrections, Patrol, and Vice & Narcotics Division. In 1994, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and worked the Corrections Division, including commanded the First Emergency Response Team. Sgt. Pippen transferred to the Patrol Division where he supervised SWAT. He later supervised the Corrections and Civil Divisions, FBI Drug Task Force, and commanded the first Mobile Field Force. In 2002, Lt. Pippen was promoted to the rank of Captain assigned as the Bessemer Enforcement Division Commander, which included the Patrol, Criminal, and Court Services Bureaus. Captain Pippen established the first “Cold Case” unit at the JCSO. He later commanded the School Resource Div. where he spearheaded the increase of the operational force from 26 to 62 Deputies throughout Jefferson County and other local school systems. In 2019, Captain Pippen was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief. Chief Pippen is the Division Commander for Bessemer and Birmingham Patrol Operations. Deputy Chief Pippen is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He also completed the Personnel Board of Jefferson County 360 Degree in Leadership and Professional Development. This program consists of 45 classes concentrated in four core areas: Leading People, Leading Processes, Professional Development, and Technical Development. He was appointed to the position of Assistant Sheriff, over the Bessemer District in April of 2023.