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Criminal Justice alum promoted!

For Nancy Canada, it was a moment that had been a long time coming, as Sheriff Tim Burkhalter pinned two shiny gold Lieutenant’s bars on her collar. There Canada stood in the jail’s conference room as the newest member of the Sheriff’s Office command staff and she couldn’t help but reflect on a 35 year career that started in 1978 as the first female officer ever for the Floyd County Police Department.

“Those days’ things were a little different.” Canada Said, “As a female, I couldn’t ride with the married officers, they wouldn’t allow me to. I could only ride with the single officers.”

These days, Canada is the Assistant jail administrator, working under Major Bob Sapp and overseeing operations of the Jail. “She has truly worked her way up through the ranks and earned this promotion.” Said Chief Deputy Tom Caldwell. “She is a huge asset to the Sheriff’s Office and we are honored to have her.”

Canada began her career at the Sheriff’s Office in 1985 where she worked as a deputy in the records division. Moving from there to field services as a sergeant and then the detention division, where she earned the rank of Staff Sergeant in 2000.

Lieutenant Canada graduated from Jacksonville State University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement and also holds an Associates of art degree in Criminal Justice from Floyd College.