St. Clair County, a county older than the state, is one of only 2 counties in the State to host 2 separate county seats. Ashville is the original county seat. A county seat was established in Pell City in 1902 to accommodate citizens residing on the southern side of Backbone Mountain who encountered hazardous traveling conditions. As a result of this, St. Clair County has two sets of county offices and jails.
Chief Austin Nash is the Jail Administrator and has the responsibility of managing both jails. The facility in Ashville has 74 beds and a Juvenile Detention facility. The facility in Pell City has 106 beds. All female inmates are housed in the Pell City facility.
The St. Clair County Jail employees 12 full-time jailers in the Pell City facility and 8 full-time jailers in the Ashville facility. Each facility has a jail captain who oversees the day to day operations. St. Clair County Jail also employees 6 part-time jailers and 4 casual jailers.
The St. Clair County Jail contracts with a professional medical company who provide nurses each day in each facility, and a physician weekly to attend to the medical needs of inmates.