Election Officials

Judge Tommy Ragland
The Judge’s role in the elections process:
The Judge of Probate is the chief election official of Madison County and is the only official with a role in each of the nine election duties required by law.  These duties include, but are not limited to, the administration of polling places, appointment of poll workers (as part of the Appointing Board alongside the Circuit Clerk and Sheriff), administrative duties associated with the Fair Campaign Practices Act, and the canvassing of county election results (as part of the Canvassing Board alongside the Circuit Clerk and Sheriff).  The Judge employs an Elections Coordinator that works at his directive on the oversight and management of all facets of the elections process.

Biography:
Judge Tommy RaglandTommy Ragland was elected to his current position as the Madison County Probate Judge in November of 2000 and began his first term in January of 2001.  Ragland came to the Probate Judge’s Office upon concluding his career as the Madison County Tax Collector. He was first elected to that position in November 1984 and served as an Alabama certified tax administrator from 1988 until 2000.  Before his civic career began, Ragland had his own company, Tommy Ragland Realty, started in 1974. He served on the Board of Directors of the Huntsville Board of Realtors from 1978 until 1980. In 1981, he became Treasurer of the Huntsville Board of Realtors and President of Huntsville/Madison County’s Multiple Listing Service. He also served as Chairman of the Hazel Green Community Education Board and a member of the Board of Directors for Madison Academy.  Judge Ragland was born in Nashville, Tennessee and later moved, with his family, to Madison County when he was six years old. He attended Hazel Green and Madison Academy schools and went on to attend David Lipscomb College, Auburn University and the University of Alabama. In 2005, Judge Ragland completed “Law for Probate Judges Course” conducted by The Alabama Law Institute.  Ragland is the proud father of three sons and grandfather to six grandchildren. He is married to the former Clarice Medders of Anniston, Alabama. Both are members of Mayfair Church of Christ.

Contact Judge Ragland at 256-532-3330 or via email to probate@madisoncountyal.gov

Debra Kizer, Circuit Clerk
The Circuit Clerk’s role in the elections process:
The Circuit Clerk is charged with several election-related duties, including appointment of poll workers (as part of the Appointing Board alongside the Probate Judge and Sheriff), administration of absentee voting, and the canvassing of county election results (as part of the Canvassing Board alongside the Probate Judge and Sheriff).

Biography:
Kizer_DebraDebra Kizer has worked in the office of the Madison County Circuit Clerk since 2008 as a Court Specialist and Deputy Clerk.  In 2016 she was appointed by unanimous vote of the Circuit Judges of the 23rd Judicial Circuit to serve the remainder of the unexpired term of the retiring Circuit Clerk. She is past Vice President of the Alabama Court Specialist Association and Vice President of the Alabama State Employees Association Rocket City Chapter.  She is a longtime volunteer on the Madison County Walk for Autism Committee, Parent Advisory Board of Glenwood’s Journey Academy in Huntsville, and has served on the Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theatre Board. She is a member of Whitesburg Baptist Church.  Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Debra and her husband of 34 years, Keith Kizer, have lived in Madison County since 1992 and live in Big Cove.  They are the parents of Kendra Karrh and son-in-law, Tripp; Austin Kizer and daughter-in-law, Devon; and Kendall Kizer.

Contact Debra Kizer at (256) 532-3390 or via email to debra.kizer@alacourt.gov.

Sheriff Blake Dorning

The Sheriff’s role in the elections process:

The Sheriff is charged with several election-related duties, including appointment of poll workers (as part of the Appointing Board alongside the Probate Judge and Circuit Clerk), election-related law enforcement (i.e., keeping the peace at the polls), and the canvassing of county election results (as part of the Canvassing Board alongside the Probate Judge and Circuit Clerk).

Biography:
Sheriff Blake DorningA native of Madison County, Sheriff Blake Dorning’s professional interest has always centered on the protection and care of our citizens. Dorning began work as a Deputy in 1983 and through 1990 served in various capacities including jail operations, patrol and crime scene investigation. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1989, Lieutenant in 1994, Criminal Investigations Commander in 1998 and Captain in 2001. He was elected and took office as Sheriff in January 2003. His specialized training and expertise place Dorning among the who’s who of law enforcement at both the state and national level. He is a graduate of the National Sheriff’s Institute, Alabama Sheriff’s Academy, F.B.I. National Academy and Southern Police Institute. Specialized training include mass media, hostage/crisis negotiation, forensic sciences, law enforcement management, behavioral science for law enforcement, special weapons and tactics and school crisis management. He is the proud father of Whitney, Meghin and Austin. Sheriff Dorning and his wife, Jan Daly Dorning, reside in Huntsville’s Old Town Historic District. They both actively support numerous civic organizations.

Contact Sheriff Dorning at 256-532-3416 or via email to sheriff@madisoncountyal.gov