The 2nd Annual Chambers County Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner was held May 3 at the Chambers County Farmer’s Federation Agricultural Center. This year’s honoree was Sheriff Sid Lockhart. The award, presented by the Chattahoochee Council, Boy Scouts of America, brings singular recognition to an individual who has rendered outstanding service to the community,, state, or nation. Such service is not limited to, but might include Scouting. By presenting the award, the Chattahoochee Council hopes to call attention to the contributions and good works of such individuals.
Sid Lockhart was born in Opelika and lived in Auburn until moving to Valley, AL at age 11. He lost both parents at an early age; his mother when he was 10 years old and his father at 17. Sid became involved in scouting at an early age when he moved to Valley and became an active member of Troop 11 in Fairfax. He is married to Sharon and they have two sons, Bobby and Chase Crowell, a daughter, Sidney Lockhart and a newborn granddaughter, Londyn.
In 1977, Lockhart began his career in law enforcement with the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office. During his career, he has also served with the Cities of Lanett and Valley Police Departments and the Fifth Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office. He has served in numerous capacities of law enforcement as a police officer, deputy sheriff, investigator, and Chief
Lockhart was first elected Sheriff of Chambers County in 1994 by winning 75 percent of the votes and has proudly and honorably served in that capacity since. He devotes countless hours to the citizens of East Alabama as well as the state as a whole. He has served as President of the Alabama Sheriff’s Association and President of the Alabama Peace Officers’ Association. He is active member of numerous civic and professional organizations. During Lockhart’s tenure, he has been instrumental in forming the Chambers County Multi-jurisdictional
Task Force and Chambers County SWAT Team. With limited resources, he has also formed a Search & Rescue Dive Team, Aviation Unit comprised of a fixed wing aircraft and a helicopter, K-9 units, inmate work details, Neighborhood Watch programs, Youth Sumer Camp, Boy Scouts Law Enforcement Explorer Post, and an annual Rodeo that helps fund these programs and purchase law enforcement equipments.
Lockhart says “A sheriff must be willing to participate in professional organizations for training and guidance to have as a valuable resource to tap into for the betterment of his department. A sheriff should be more than just a sheriff and should be willing to give a part of his time and himself to various civic organizations to improve the quality of life for all citizens of his county, and be of service to his fellow man.” One of his favorite quotes is “Don’t tell me how it CAN’T be done; tell me how it CAN be done.”
2016 Distinguished Citizen-Sheriff Sid Lockhart was named the 2nd Annual Chambers County Distinguished Citizen at an Award Dinner held May 3 at the Chambers County Farmer’sFederation Agricultural Center. Pictured above with Lockhart is wife Sharon and sons Bobby and Chase Crowell.