Chief Jernigan was
appointed to the position of Chief of Police of the Madison Police Department
on July 3, 2017. Chief Jernigan commands a staff of 109 employees of which 81 are sworn certified law enforcement officers. The city of Madison is comprised
of 30 square miles with a population of approximately 48,500 residents and is
conveniently located near Interstate 565, Huntsville International Airport,
Cummings Research Park, Marshal Space Flight Center, and Redstone Arsenal. The Madison Police Department achieved Level I international accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in May, 2019.
Prior to his current
position, Chief Jernigan was the Chief Deputy of Enforcement Operations for the
Madison County Sheriff’s Office under Sheriff Blake Dorning where he commanded
224 employees of which 115 were sworn certified law enforcement officers.
Chief Jernigan retired in
June 2013 as a Supervisory Special Agent and served 29 years with the Federal
Bureau of Investigation (FBI). His last assignment was Program Director for the
FBI's Hazardous Devices School (HDS) located on Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville,
Alabama. HDS is the only civilian public safety bomb disposal and IED defeat
training facility in the U.S. for first responders.
Chief Jernigan began his
law enforcement career in 1980 with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement
(FDLE) Crime Laboratory in Central Florida working violent crime cases and
crime scenes. He 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 the son
of a retired Florida Deputy Sheriff and is married and the father of two adult
children and has called Madison home since 1995.