Sheriff Studdard is a longtime resident of Clay County. Sheriff Studdard graduated from Clay County High School in 1977 and married his high school sweetheart, Betty Arlene Brown, just a few months later. Sheriff Studdard and his wife Betty have recently celebrated their 41 wedding anniversary together. While a senior in high school Sheriff Studdard joined the Alabama Army National Guard and was assigned to the 127th Medical Group in Ashland Al. In 1983 Sheriff Studdard attended the Alabama Military Academy located at Fort McClellan Al. and in 1984 Sheriff Studdard was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 1/167th Mechanized Infantry Company. Sheriff Studdard later went on to serve as an Aide-de-Camp to Brigadier General Lee with the 31st Separate Armored Brigade in Northport Al. After leaving Brigadier General Lee Sheriff Studdard transferred to C Company, 1/152 Armor in Oxford Al. Sheriff Studdard was later promoted to the rank of captain and assumed command of C Comapny 1/152 Armor in 1993. Sheriff Studdard left C Company at the end of his command and was assigned to the 31st Separate Armor Brigade Headquarters in Northport Al. as an intelligence officer. Sheriff Studdard retired from the Alabama Army National Guard in 2000 after 23 years of service.
Sheriff Studdard began his career in law enforcement in 1980 as a reserve deputy with the Clay County Sheriffs Office. Sheriff Studdard began his full time law enforcement career as a police officer for the City of Wadley Al. later working as a police officer for the City of Lineville Al. Sheriff Studdard went on to become a Clay County Sheriffs Deputy and later the Chief Deputy under Clay County Sheriff Bill Morris. When Sheriff Bill Morris left office Sheriff Studdard joined the Anniston Police Department and served with the Anniston Police Department for 22 years retiring in 2013. Sheriff Studdard was hired 2 months later by Clay County Sheriff Ray Latham. While working for Sheriff Ray Latham Sheriff Studdard served as the jail administrator, as an investigator, and as a uniformed deputy. Sheriff Studdard ran for the office of Sheriff of Clay County in 2018 and was elected. In addition to serving as sheriff of Clay County, Sheriff Studdard is a deacon at Macedonia Baptist Church in Delta Al. and has served in that capacity for over 20 years. Sheriff Studdard loves Clay County and he is honored to continue to serve the citizens of Clay County as their sheriff.