‘I will work every day… to seek justice and keep our community safe’

Crocker sworn in as new DA

Cullman County District Attorney Champ Crocker is seen Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (Amy Leonard for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman County’s new district attorney, Champ Crocker, was administered the oath of office Saturday by Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry. The swearing-in ceremony, which took place at Cotton Creek Warehouse in downtown Cullman, was attended by many state and local leaders, including Alabama Attorney Gen. Steve Marshall; Hanceville Mayor Kenneth Nail; Hanceville Mayor Pro-Tem Jimmy Sawyer; Rep. Corey Harbison, R-Good Hope; Cullman County Commission Chairman Jeff Clemons; Cullman County Coroner Jeremy Kilpatrick; and Cullman Police Chief David Nassetta.  

“I want to sincerely thank the citizens of Cullman County for having the faith and confidence to allow me to serve as district attorney,” Crocker said. “I also want to thank everyone who took time to attend my swearing-in ceremony, and as I stated in my speech, my staff and I will work every day with our law enforcement officers to seek justice and keep our community safe.” 

Marshall said he thinks Crocker will be a leader among the state’s district attorneys.    

“There are 17 new DAs taking office across the state and that’s the largest group we’ve ever had come into our state at one time and that’s a great thing,” he said. “We are really excited about what Champ is bringing to our association. We believe he will be a leader in our group and that’s a great thing for the future.”  

Sheriff Gentry said he was honored to be in attendance and take part in the proceedings. 

“I was very blessed to be among the speakers who were able to share and also to be a part of the transition in swearing in District Attorney Crocker,” Gentry said. “I’m very excited for the future working relationship of law enforcement with the District Attorney’s Office.”  

Members of Crocker’s assistant district attorney staff and civilian staff were also sworn in on Saturday.