Tew has been with DPS since July 1989. He served as assistant division chief of Highway Patrol from March 1, 2010, to Jan. 1, before being named acting chief of Highway Patrol. Prior to that, he served as assistant division chief and acting chief of Protective Services Division from October 2003 to December 2007.
Col. Hugh B. McCall, director of Public Safety, announced Tewís promotion Wednesday afternoon. ďMajor Neil Tew is no stranger to this department. He has dedicated more than 20 years of his life to DPS and to serving the people of Alabama. I am confident that he will bring his all to this new position and continue to lead the ABI forward.Ē
Tew is originally from Eufaula, and he is the son of Sherry and A.G. Tew, who retired from DPS in 1996 as a trooper captain. He graduated from Eufaula High School in 1986, before earning a bachelorís degree in criminal justice in 1989 from Jacksonville State University. He also was part of DPSís trooper cadet program before being accepted into the Alabama Criminal Justice Training Center. He graduated from ACJTC and was sworn in as a trooper in March 1990 and was first assigned to the Highway Patrolís Dothan Post.
He also earned a law degree in 1998 from Jones School of Law, Faulkner University, and he was admitted in 1999 to the Alabama State Bar.