On January 27, 2020, Earl Marsh, Jr., was sworn in as Marshal of the Appellate Courts of Alabama by Chief Justice Tom Parker, becoming the thirteenth Marshal of the appellate courts.
Marshal Marsh was born and raised in Greenville, Alabama. He was educated in the Butler County, Alabama schools and was recognized as an outstanding athlete in four sports throughout his high school years. Following his graduation from Greenville High School in 1984, he attended Alabama State University on an athletic scholarship. In 1985, he enlisted in the United States Army where he worked in field artillery and as a military police officer.
In 1989, Marshal Marsh began his law enforcement career with the Alabama Department of Corrections working as a corrections officer at Holman Prison in Atmore, Alabama. In 1994 he graduated from the Montgomery Police Academy, and soon thereafter joined the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff. He was awarded Officer of the Year in 2001 and has obtain numerous certifications, trainings, and recognitions throughout his military career and law enforcement career, including: distinguished graduate from the United States Army Military Police Special Reaction Team (SRT) course in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; graduate from the Criminal Justice Training Center for Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) in Selma, Alabama; Dignitary Protection certified through Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA); and anti-terrorism and counter-terrorism training.
In 2002, Marshal Marsh returned to the United States Army working as a military police officer on the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Test Site, Marshall Islands, where he served as Instructor for Special Reaction Team for Police. He was transferred to Kuwait in 2004 where he served in various leadership roles, including Senior Sergeant of police operations and Military Police Sergeant Major. Marsh was also privileged to serve in Operation Enduring Iraqi Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, and as special detail for President George W. Bush and Condoleezza Rice at Camp Arifijan, Kuwait during their visit in 2008. Marsh served the United States Army until 2014.
In January 2017, he joined the Alabama appellate courts as Deputy Marshal where he was promoted to Chief Deputy Marshal and served in that position until his appointment as Marshal.
Marshal Marsh and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Deatsville, Alabama. They are active members of their church, Big Union Christian Church in Lowndes County.