Investigations and Intelligence
As Director of the Investigations and Intelligence Division Mr. Mercado serves as Chief Law Enforcement Officer for the Alabama Department of Corrections. He previously served as a Senior Special Agent and State of Alabama Homeland Security Coordinator for the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), and under the former Alabama Department of Homeland Security. Before coming on board with the State of Alabama, Director Mercado worked at the Montgomery Police Department for 21 years before retiring as a Police Lieutenant and Commander of the Homeland Security, Intelligence, and Narcotics Bureaus of the Special Operations Division. Director Mercado has an extensive background in criminal investigations, specializing in major crimes. He is a graduate of Auburn University at Montgomery and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Public Safety, and a Master of Science degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management.