Birmingham police chief stepping down

Birmingham, you can put the rumor to rest. It’s true. Police Chief A.C. Roper is not seeking reappointment under the Woodfin administration.

A.C. Roper, Birmingham, police chief, Alabama, Woodfin
Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper. Photo by Pat Byington.

City hall shakeups

Roper released a statement on Wednesday. He praised Mayor Woodfin for being “extremely gracious” and added that he will assist the mayor in the search for a new police chief.

“Several weeks ago, all department heads were given a choice to apply for reappointment to their positions,” Roper said.

“However, after a considerable amount of prayer, my family and I decided I would not submit a resume for consideration. I advised Mayor Woodfin on November 8th that this is perfect timing since November 26th would be my 10 year anniversary.”

A.C. Roper, Birmingham, Alabama, Police, chief
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Roper served as police chief for ten years, and it’s unclear whether he is retiring or will seek employment elsewhere.

Woodfin also released a statement regarding Roper’s departure:

“We are extremely grateful to the lifetime of service Chief Roper has given to our nation and city, and we appreciate his support and counsel during this transition process.”

What’s Next

Roper will remain in his position while the city holds a national search for a new police chief.

Birmingham, Alabama, mayor, Randall Woodfin
Via Gatekeepers Association of Alabama
The timing

Roper’s announcement came at a busy time for the city. Mayor Woodfin’s inauguration took place yesterday, and today Mayor Woodfin announced other changes to the city’s administration.

The city no longer employs Community Development Director John Colon and Economic Development Director Lisa Cooper, according to city officials. According to Mayor Woodfin, the plans to restructure both departments.

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Major General A.C. Roper, via
About A.C. Roper

… His career began with the Montgomery Police Department in 1985.

In 1988, he returned home to the Birmingham area when he was hired by the Hoover Police Department and promoted through the ranks culminating with his promotion to Assistant Chief of Police.

In November 2007, Roper was appointed as Birmingham’s Chief of Police …

 Roper has a Bachelor of Science degree from Troy University and holds a Masters degree in criminal justice from the University of Alabama and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

Chief Roper has over 32 years’ experience in the Army Reserve, where he serves as a Major General.

He has received specialized police management and leadership training from the prestigious FBI National Academy, the FBI National Executive Institute and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


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