Buddy Glasgow

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James Franklin "Buddy" Glasgow (born c. 1938 in Siluria – died February 5, 2010) was Sheriff of Shelby County from 1978 to 1990 and Chief of the Calera Police Department from 1991 to 1998.

Buddy, the son of Fletcher and Edna Glasgow, graduated from Thompson High School and later joined the U. S. Army. After two years on duty he returned to Shelby County and took a supervisor job at Abex Manufacturing. He joined the Alabaster Police Department in 1967 and moved to the Sheriff's department in 1972.

Glasgow resigned briefly, but returned as chief deputy to Sheriff Red Walker. He resigned again in a dispute with Walker and ran for Sheriff himself, winning the job. He was re-elected twice before losing in 1990 to his own chief deputy, James Jones.

He was hired as Police Chief in Calera the following year, joining his wife, Lemoyne, who was City Clerk. They both retired in 1998.

Besides his law enforcement career, Glasgow was also an active member of the Corinthian Lodge No. 462 in Siluria, the Zamora Shrine Temple and the Grand Lodge of Alabama, which he served as Grand Master. Glasgow died in 2010 and was survived by his wife, five children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is buried at Shelby Memorial Gardens in Calera.

Preceded by:
Red Walker
Shelby County Sheriff
Succeeded by:
James Jones


  • Velasco, Eric (February 6, 2010) "Former Shelby County Sheriff James F. "Buddy" Glasgow dies." Birmingham News
  • "James Franklin 'Buddy' Glasgow" obituary (February 7, 2010) Funeral Digest
  • "A life of service, hard work" editorial (February 9, 2010) Shelby County Reporter