Hoover Department of Homeland Security and Immigration

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The Hoover Department of Homeland Security and Immigration was an administrative department created by Hoover mayor Tony Petelos in December 2004. The department was the only municipal agency of its kind in Alabama. The Department's director, Bob Berry, was also its only employee.

According to Petelos, the Department was created in part to accommodate changes in Federal law that would give municipalities more of a role in enforcing federal immigration laws. Those changes never materialized, leading him to recommend closing the department after Berry's retirement. It will be formally dissolved on October 1, 2008, with the duties of the office transferring to the Hoover Police Department.


  • Reeves, Jay (July 24, 2005) "Alabama suburb struggles with influx of Hispanic immigrants." Birmingham News
  • Cason, Mike (August 26, 2008) "Hoover eliminating Homeland Security Department." Birmingham News