Longtime Russell County District Attorney Kenneth Davis was surprised Thursday as he received a career achievement award from the Alabama District Attorney’s Association at its winter meeting.
Davis, 69, was given the “Joe Hubbard White Hat Award,” named after the former Calhoun and Cleburne county chief prosecutor.
“I was astonished,” Davis said by phone from Hoover, Ala. “My DA friends, the people in my office and the sheriff (Heath Taylor) kept me in the dark on this. But I am very proud to me mentioned with my friend Joe Hubbard. It is a great honor.”
Hubbard, who was given the first award in 2012, and Davis are the only ones to receive it. The award is not given annually and is given only after a unanimous vote of the state’s district attorneys.
Davis was honored as he fights to retain the office he has held since 1983. For the first time in his career, he has opposition. Jamie Graham, a former prosecutor in the Russell County District Attorney’s office, is running against Davis in the March 1 Democratic Primary.
“It is a bit ironic that I get it now,” Davis said. “I won’t say that my election played any part in it because it comes from the whole association. And there are several other district attorneys in the state running for re-election with opposition.”