COMPACT TEAM MEMBERS
Captain Joseph McGee began his law enforcement career as a reserve deputy with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office in 1994. In 1995, he accepted a position with the Birmingham Police Department, where he served as a patrol officer, departmental defensive tactics instructor, and narcotics detective.
In 1999, McGee was hired by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. As a deputy sheriff, he served as a patrol deputy, criminal investigator, departmental instructor, honor guard member, and member of the tactical response unit. In 2004, McGee was promoted to sergeant. As a sergeant, he served as a patrol supervisor, agency training coordinator, Tactical Response Unit team leader, and supervisor at the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force. In 2012, McGee was promoted to lieutenant and assigned as a patrol watch commander. He was later appointed as the assistant division commander of the Patrol Division. In December of 2022, McGee was promoted to captain, and serves as Commander of the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force and Executive Director of Shelby County Compact.
McGee holds a Master of Science Degree in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville, a Bachelor’s Degree in Leadership from Bellevue University, and an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Jefferson State. He is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s 120th Administrative Officers Course. McGee is also a graduate of the 2012 Leadership Shelby County class.
Shane Plyler is a Sergeant with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, and has been with Shelby County since 2014. Prior to 2014, Shane worked at the Valley Police Department in Chambers County. While at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Shane has worked in the Patrol Division, the Administrative Division for hiring and outreach, and is now the Assistant Director of Compact. Shane has also served in multiple specialty units, to include: Crisis Negotiations, Evidence Technician, Mobile Field Force Commander, Project Lifesaver Program Coordinator, and the Mentorship program. Shane has been a supervisor with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office since November of 2019.
Shane attended Auburn University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology (Crime and Deviance), a minor in Political Science, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.
Janae Pinson joined Compact in June 2023 as the new Community Resource Coordinator. Prior to joining Compact, Janae served as a teacher for 4 years with time spent at Marbury Middle School as an 8th grade science teacher and Chilton County High School where she taught Biology and Forensic Science to grades 9-12. She has experience with the judicial system having been an employee with the Office of the District Attorney Randall Houston in Chilton County where she served in the Child Support Enforcement Division, Restitution Collections and as Grand Jury Coordinator over the course of 12 years.
Janae has a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in Biology from Auburn University at Montgomery. She is also a certified facilitator in Botvin Life Skills and INDEPTH/NOT Nicotine and Vape Dependence Cessation Programs.
Investigator Allen joined Compact in 2022 from the Hoover Police Department. He is assigned to assist the students at Hoover City Schools. He began his law enforcement career as a police officer with the Bessemer Police Department in 2010. In 2013, he joined the Hoover Police Department and was assigned to the Patrol Division.
Investigator Allen earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Justice Administration from Faulkner University in Montgomery. He completed the state certified Alabama Investigator Academy at Jacksonville State University. He is also a certified facilitator in Botvin Life Skills, and INDEPTH/NOT (Nicotine and Vape) Dependence Cessation Programs.
Investigator Allen is fluent in Spanish and uses his life experiences to mentor and encourage youth to get back on the right track.
Investigator Allen is passionate about educating and spreading awareness about youth drug trends, and was featured as a keynote speaker at the Alabama School Counselor Association’s 8th Annual Critical Issues for Alabama Schools Conference at the University of Montevallo in 2023.
Investigator Brown joined Compact in 2023 from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and is assigned to Shelby County Schools. He embarked on his law enforcement journey in 2019 when he joined the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. Initially, he was assigned to the patrol division, where he engaged in various law enforcement duties such as responding to calls, conducting traffic stops, and ensuring the safety of the community.
In the fall of 2022, Inv. Brown experienced a change in his career path as he was assigned to the School Resource Officer (SRO) Unit. This unit involves officers being placed in educational institutions to serve as a bridge between law enforcement and the school community. In Investigator Brown’s case, he was stationed at Chelsea High School, where he took on responsibilities such as building positive relationships with students, staff, and parents, ensuring the safety and security of the school environment, and educating students about law enforcement and safety.
Inv. Brown pursued a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at The University of Alabama. This educational background provided him with a solid foundation in various aspects of criminal justice, including legal procedures, law enforcement strategies, and community policing. He is also a certified facilitator in Botvin Life Skills.
One notable aspect of Investigator Brown’s career is his passion for mentoring youth in Shelby County. This demonstrates his commitment to not only enforcing the law but also making a positive impact on the lives of young people in his community by providing guidance, support, and mentorship.
Overall, Inv. Brown’s career path showcases his dedication to law enforcement and his desire to make a difference in the community, especially when it comes to fostering positive relationships with young individuals.
Investigator Grey joined Compact in 2021 from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office where he has been an officer for over 7 years. He is assigned to Shelby County Schools. He previously served the City of Montgomery as an officer with Montgomery Police Department for 3.5 years.
Inv. Gray holds many certifications such as a CPR & First Aid Instructor, Evidence Technician and Field Training Officer. He is a current member of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard.
He has served as a member of the Alabama Department of Homeland Security Region D Search and Recovery Dive Team and Marine Patrol as well as the Mobile Field Force. Inv. Gray has also served as an instructor for fellow law enforcement officers in Firearms and Taser Training. He is also a certified facilitator in Botvin Life Skills and INDEPTH/NOT Nicotine and Vape Dependence Cessation Programs.
Inv. Grey has a bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
Investigator Harmon joined Compact in 2021 from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and is assigned to Shelby County Schools with a focus on the Chelsea community. He has over eighteen years of law enforcement service and has also served as a school resource officer for six years. The schools he served include Chelsea Middle School, Forest Oaks Elementary and Oak Mountain Middle Schools. Inv. Harmon holds numerous certifications from the National Association of School Resource Officers including qualifying for the prestigious Practitioner certification. Inv. Harmon is a member of Project Lifesaver International and has served as an electronic search specialist and instructor for the Sheriff’s office.
Inv. Harmon has served the citizens of Shelby County in many capacities during his tenure with the Shelby County Sheriff Office. Additionally, Inv. Harmon has previously been assigned as a deputy with the Patrol Division, the Administrative Division, the Transport Division, and a deputy on the Marine Patrol unit.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice/Public Administration with a minor in Psychology. He is also a certified facilitator in Botvin Life Skills and INDEPTH/NOT Nicotine and Vape Dependence Cessation Programs.
Investigator Leonard has worked in law enforcement for 23 years and is a US Army Veteran. He has been with Compact since 2018 and is assigned to Shelby County Schools. He has been a master’s level mental health therapist for over 15 years with over 9 years of experience working in specialty courts. Additionally, Leonard is a Crisis Intervention Trainer and a Mental Health First Aid Instructor. He provides home visits, transports participants to residential treatment facilities, and locates and arrests participants who have absconded. His responsibilities include serving as a liaison between the court, the sheriff’s office, and municipal police departments.
In addition to being a member of All Rise, (formally known as “The National Association of Drug Court Professional’s”, CIT International, Inc., the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ State Executive Board, the Alabama Department of Mental Health Substance Prevention Advisory Board, he is also a member of the Alabama Association of Drug Court Professionals Education Committee and NAMI Shelby County, Alabama. Currently, Mr. Leonard is enrolled in Liberty University’s psychology doctoral program. He is also a certified facilitator in Botvin Life Skills and INDEPTH/NOT Nicotine and Vape Dependence Cessation Programs.
Detective Lowery joined Compact in 2021 and has worked for the Helena Police Department for 19 years. He is assigned to the Helena area schools. He holds a certification as an advanced School Resource Officer and served as the SRO for Helena Intermediate and Middle School for 12 years. He is also State Investigator Certified from Jacksonville State University as well as a certified facilitator in Botvin Life Skills and INDEPTH/NOT Nicotine and Vape Dependence Cessation Programs.
Det. Lowery’s law enforcement career spans over 26 years and he brings a wealth of knowledge to our community and schools. Prior to joining Helena Police Department, Det. Lowery was a member of the Birmingham Police Department as well as the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Department in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He also served in the United States Army with the 20th Special Forces National Guard for 8 years.
Investigator Miller has been with COMPACT since April 2023 and has proudly served as a law enforcement officer for 22 years. She is currently a member of the Vestavia Hills Police Department since 2020 and is currently assigned to Vestavia Hills City Schools. Her career started in 2001 with the City of Bessemer Police Department working there for 7 years as a patrol officer and SWAT Team member.
In 2007, Inv. Miller transferred to the Hueytown Police Department where she worked as an officer for 13 years. Inv. Miller also worked in Ridgeland, Mississippi for Ridgeland Police Department.
Inv. Miller is a certified facilitator in Botvin Life Skills and INDEPTH/NOT Nicotine and Vape Dependence Cessation Programs. She also holds many prestigious certifications such as:
Active Shooter Instructor (ALERRT, LASSER)
SWAT Operator (16 yrs SWAT)
Investigator Schniper has been a law enforcement officer for 25 years and has been with Compact since its inception in 2016. He has 20 years of experience with Pelham Police Department and 5 years of service with Birmingham Police Department. He is assigned to Pelham City Schools.
Inv. Schniper holds many certifications to help serve the Shelby County community. Those certifications include Crisis / Hostage Negotiator, Certified School Resource Officer, Certified Addiction Recovery Coach and Certified Alabama Law Enforcement Peer Support Specialist. He is also a certified facilitator in Botvin Life Skills and INDEPTH/NOT Nicotine and Vape Dependence Cessation Programs.
Det. Tommy Stewart came to Compact in 2019. He is responsible for students in the Alabaster City Schools system. Detective Stewart has been in law enforcement for over 25 years, and prides himself in working with students to provide education and mentoring, to help prevent substance misuse and promote mental wellness in an effort to keep our youth out of the juvenile justice system. Det. Stewart has been with the Alabaster Police Department since 2006 where he has served as a Detective with the Criminal Investigations Division. Det. Stewart was an officer with the Mobile Police Department from 1998-2006 where he served as Detective within the Homicide Unit.
Det. Stewart has a Bachelor’s Degree in Homeland Security with an emphasis in Criminal Justice from Herzing University. He is a proud veteran of the United States Army (Sergeant) from 1984-1994 where he served in combat operations during Operation Desert Storm.
Det. Stewart is an Adjunct Instructor at the Northeast Alabama Law Enforcement Academy. Det. Stewart holds many certifications such as an FBI certified Crisis Negotiator, is State certified with ALLEAPS as a chaplain and peer support responder. He is trained in Mental Health First AID for children and has received Advanced SRO training through the National Association of School Resource officers (NASRO) and a current member of the Alabama Association of School Resource Officers (TAASRO). He is a Certified facilitator in Botvin Life Skills, and INDEPTH/NOT nicotine and vape dependence cessation programs through the American Lung Association.