Huntley has an associates degree in criminal justice from Jefferson State Community College, and a bachelor's degree in human resources and master's in management from Faulkner University in Baldwin County. He spent 27 years as an employee of the Alabama State Prison System before retiring.
He was president of the Maple Grove neighborhood assocation from 2000 to 2002 and ran unsuccessfully in the 1998 Birmingham City Council election and for a State Senate seat in the 2006 election. He also unsuccessfully ran as a candidate for Birmingham City Council District 2 in the 2009 Birmingham City Council election on a platform of public safety, transit, schools and road improvements. In that race, he came in sixth out of seven candidates.
In 2010 Huntley was one of 14 candidates seeking the Jefferson County Commission District 1 seat left vacant when William Bell became Mayor of Birmingham. In the 2013 Birmingham municipal election, Huntley ran for Birmingham Board of Education, District 4. He expressed support for the leadership of state superintendent Ed Richardson.
- "Birmingham City Council elections: District 2 candidate Rodney Huntley." (August 12, 2009) The Birmingham News
- Diel, Stan (August 23, 2013) "Crime, blight, schools are biggest concerns in Birmingham's District 4 as elections approach Tuesday." The Birmingham News
- Rodney Huntley campaign website