David K. (Dave) Jernigan was appointed to the position of Chief of Police of the Madison, Alabama Police Department on July 3, 2017. Chief Jernigan commands a staff of 117 employees of which 81 are sworn certified law enforcement officers.
Prior to his current position, Chief Jernigan was the Chief Deputy of Enforcement Operations for the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Huntsville, Alabama where he commanded 224 employees of which 115 were sworn certified law enforcement officers.
Prior to serving at the Sheriff's Office, Chief Jernigan was Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Jernigan and served 29 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), retiring in June 2013. He has held assignments in the former Butte Division, Newark Division, FBI Laboratory, Birmingham Division (Huntsville), and the Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG). His last assignment was Program Director for the FBI's Hazardous Devices School (HDS) located on Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. His responsibilities at HDS included the Counter-IED Training of FBI and Public Safety Bomb Technicians throughout the United States, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. HDS is the only civilian public safety bomb disposal and IED defeat training facility in the U.S. for first responders.
Chief Jernigan earned a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science from the University of Central Florida (Orlando) in 1980 and a Master of Science in Justice and Public Safety from Auburn University (Montgomery) in 1999.
Chief Jernigan is married and the father of two adult children and resides in Madison, Alabama.