Having served as your Deputy Coroner for 10 years, I received the current appointed position from Governor Robert Bentley when then Coroner Rudy Rooks was elected as Mayor of Heflin. I have been serving in the capacity of County Coroner for 16 months.
I am a graduate of Cleburne County High School, Class of 1993 as well as Jeff State Community College, Class of 1997, where I obtained a degree in Funeral Service Education and Embalming. I have been employed with Dryden Funeral Home for 20 years. I am an active member of the Alabama Coroners Association and the Cleburne/Calhoun Child Death Review Team. I have also had training in several areas related to this field; such as basic coroner, crime scene investigation, and pandemic and mass fatalities. I have built a strong working relationship with Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, the Calhoun/Cleburne District Attorney's Office; as well as all local law enforcement, EMS, and fire departments.
I am married to Lori Rooks McKnight and we have two daughters, Lela and Ella. Our family attends New Harmony Baptist Church where we are active members working with the Youth and Children's Ministry.
I respectfully ask for your consideration when you go to the polls to vote.