Chief Ken Atkinson Bio




Chief Ken Atkinson
Address: 101 20th Street, South, Irondale, Alabama 35210
Office Number: 205-956-5990




In August 2015, the City of Irondale appointed Ken Atkinson Chief of Police. Chief Atkinson comes to Irondale with over 28 years of law enforcement experience, most recently serving the Homewood Police Department for 23 years. For the past 7 years, Atkinson was a Lieutenant and served as Division Commander over Training, Special Operations, Tactical Team, Motor Scouts, Patrol and Internal Affairs. Prior to his employment in Homewood, Atkinson began his law enforcement career working for 3 years for the Birmingham Police Department.

Chief Atkinson obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University. He is also a graduate of the 244th Session of the FBI National Academy, and completed the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Program, and the Rural Executive Management Institute. Atkinson is married and has two children.

Chief Atkinson is a strong proponent of community policing, and believes that collaborating with the community will bring positive change and promote trust and confidence between the citizens of Irondale and its police department.

“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”     Albert Schweitzer