Lillie Leatherwood joined the Tuscaloosa Police Department in 1993. She was assigned to the Tuscaloosa Police Athletic League (PAL) two years later, and rose to Director in 2012. PAL is Leatherwood’s dream job because of her love for working with children, and making a difference in the community. Under her leadership, PAL was awarded a $17,500.00 grant from the Alabama Power Foundation to build a computer lab at the center.
Prior to joining the Tuscaloosa Police Department, Lillie was a standout athlete at Tuscaloosa County High School. With her talent as a runner, she was awarded a full four- year scholarship to attend the University of Alabama. As a sophomore, she earned a spot on the 1984 Olympic team where she won a gold medal. She continued on to win a silver medal in the 1988 Olympics. Lillie has a Bachelor of Social Work Degree.
Lillie has won numerous awards throughout her career including SEC Female Athlete of the Year, Paul W. Bryant Alumni-Athlete Award, and induction into her high school’s Hall of Fame.
Lillie was born in Ralph, Alabama. She graduated from Tuscaloosa County High School in 1982. She has a son who is a senior in high school.