Interim Birmingham police chief stepped down amid abuse claims

Orlando Wilson
Interim Birmingham Police Chief Orlando Wilson. [Photo Credit: Birmingham Police Department]

The unforeseen departure of Birmingham’s interim police chief Orlando Wilson comes a week after the mother of his children filed an order of protection against him claiming child abuse.

According to, “she filed the request on April 11 in Jefferson County Family Court, and the records were made public in the online court system on Tuesday.”

Records indicate she filed two claims:

  1. That he sexually abused a young female at a home in Trussville, Ala. in December 2013.
  2. That he physically abused a young male at Berry Middle School back in September 2017.

On Wednesday, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin made the announcement that Wilson would step down as interim police chief to undergo a medical procedure.

Chief Deputy Henry Irby will take over the day-to-day operations until a permanent new hire is made.

On Tuesday, Woodfin’s office announced they have narrowed the executive search for a police chief to three candidates. Those candidates are scheduled to meet Woodfin for individual interviews between April 23-25.