St. Clair County, a county older than the state, is one of only two counties in the State to host two 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 Terry Marcrum is the Jail Administrator and has the Responsibility of managing both jails.
The Ashville Jail in St. Clair County has 74 beds and a Juvenile Detention facility. The St. Clair County Jail employees 8 fulltime jailers in the Ashville facility. The 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.