Shelby County Sheriff's Department

  • Agency: Shelby County Sheriff's Department
  • Address: 380 McDow Rd, Columbiana, 35051 AL
  • Chief:
Phone: (205) 669-4181
Fax: (205) 669-3865

Shelby County Sheriff's Department is located at 380 McDow Rd, Columbiana, 35051 AL. The Shelby County Sheriff's Department phone number is (205) 669-4181.

Shelby County Sheriff's Department News

Congratulations to our newest deputies. Sheriff John Samaniego is pictured here swearing in, from left to right, Deputy Landon Pickett, Deputy Christopher O'Brien, and Deputy Jacob Pennington. Welcome to the team!

Visit one of these locations on Saturday, October 27th from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm to properly dispose of unwanted medication. No questions asked!

Parents, take a look at this free, educational event October 30th at Hoover Public Library, Hoover, Alabama.

Deputy Sellers is one of the many school resource officers committed to keeping Shelby County’s children safe at school. Last Saturday, he went above and beyond the call of duty to support the kids at Oak Mountain Elementary where he is assigned. During his off duty time, Deputy Sellers used some of his extra talents to make approximately 100 bags of cotton candy and donated them for the Fall Fun Fest fundraiser at the school.

We love Community Helpers month because we get to teach the little ones we are here to help! They love getting junior deputy stickers!

The Sheriff wishes to thank everyone and every sponsor who supported his 2018 golf tournament at Timberline Golf Club, Calera, Alabama last Thursday. The tournament was a huge success and raised over $14,000 for our chaplain program.

The Shelby County Multi-jurisdictional Tactical Response Unit is comprised of deputies and officers from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the Alabaster Police Department. This unit is one of many examples of how the Sheriff’s Office partners with other agencies to better serve the citizens of Shelby County. The team regularly trains in preparation for critical incidents. The Alabama Tactical Officers Association (ATOA) held their annual conference this week in Columbiana. The conference included a competition that allowed teams from across the state to demonstrate their skills and abilities. We are proud of Deputy Chinoski for finishing in first place in the ATOA Ironman Challenge and the entire team’s second place finish in the overall competition.

Parents, we know several schools in Shelby County are celebrating homecoming tonight. Please talk to your teens about making good choices. We want everyone to have a fun and safe night, but we will be out in force looking for DUI’s and drinking parties.

Please help us identify this person of interest. The person pictured below entered Highland Lakes early in the morning of September 30th and minutes after, a burglary occurred. The vehicle is a white Kia Optima but we are unable to see the tag in the captured pictures. Please share this photo and if you know who this person is, please call Investigator Ken Prady at 205-670-6122. You may also leave an anonymous tip at

We have 10 spots left for our November 3rd Women's Safety Class. The 8-hour class is free to any Shelby County resident 18 years or older. Please only register if you are sure you can attend the class. Go to to register.

Come have lunch with us next Friday! On Oct 26th Chubbfathers will park their food truck here in the front parking lot of the Sheriff's Office from 11:00 am till 1:30 pm. Everyone is welcome Columbiana, Alabama!

Thank you to Bud's Best Cookies for supporting our annual golf tournament at Timberline Golf Club, Calera, Alabama. This tournament funds our chaplains, a group of dedicated clergy who provide an invaluable service to our deputies and the citizens of Shelby County.

On Monday, October 8, 2018, Shelby County Sheriff’s Captain Clay Hammac, also commander of the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force, was formally recognized in Orlando, Florida, by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) as one of law enforcement’s Top 40 under 40 professionals. Captain Hammac was selected from a candidate pool representing more than 32,000 law enforcement officers from 152 different countries. Annually, the IACP recognizes the top 40 law enforcement officers from across the globe, under the age of 40 for their devotion to service, compassion to others, and sacrificial leadership. The event was concluded by remarks from President Trump, recognizing the sacrifices made from all law enforcement and their families. Captain Hammac was nominated for the award by Sheriff John Samaniego. The nomination packet spotlighted his faith-based work outside of law enforcement, and a number of his career achievements, such as testifying before the U.S. Congressional Financial Services Committee. The nomination included letters of reference from others who identified his quiet compassion toward others, and selfless devotion to the spirit of service. Sheriff Samaniego commented, “Captain Hammac is so deserving of this award. He exemplifies the professionalism and hard work of our employees who work tirelessly to serve Shelby County. “ When asked about the award, Captain Hammac said, “There are so many others who are well deserving of this award, and to be recognized by my peers and my command staff is an incredible honor that leaves me speechless.” The other 39 awardees were recognized from Spain, Australia, China, Mexico, Israel, Pakistan, The United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Canada, Columbia, and 22 US States.

Attention Heatherwood Residents and surrounding neighborhoods. This morning we received a report of a burglary in the Heatherwood area. Please be on the lookout for a possible suspect, described as a dark-skinned, black male, approximately 6 feet tall, average build, wearing dark clothing and carrying a backpack. If you see someone fitting this description, DO NOT reply here and call 911 and please be ready to pass along their current location and direction of travel. If you notice any other suspicious activity or suspicious persons, please report that immediately as well.

We are proud and excited to announce two new additions to the Sheriff's Office team. Meet Kuba and Trace, K-9s trained in detection and assigned to Oak Mountain High School and Chelsea High School. Their handlers, Deputy Shanna Young and Deputy Thomas Nordyke, completed five weeks of training with their new partners at the Alabama Canine Law Enforcement Officer's Training Center. As you can see, they are settling right into to school life.

We need your help in capturing Bobby Earl Townsend. Townsend has several, active warrants with us and could be a suspect in other criminal activity. Please contact us immediately if you have any information. You can leave an anonymous tip through our website,, or call the Secret Witness Line at 205-669-9116

Unfortunately today we have received complaints of scammers trying this in the Chelsea and Westover area. Hang up and call your grandson or loved one back directly and we're betting they are just fine.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is committed to keeping everyone safe including the inmates of the Shelby County Jail. This week our Corrections Officers demonstrated their professionalism and commitment to excellence by successfully conducting multiple jail evacuation drills in preparation for a real emergency.

We want to thank the seniors at First Baptist Church of Columbiana for recognizing first responders yesterday. The meal and music were so good. Thank you!

Highway 280 in Westover is now back open. Please continue to use caution as first responders are still on scene. Drive safely.

Update on the wreck at 280 and CR 55. We expect the road to be cleared around 7:00 am.

Highway 280 at County Road 55 is shut down on both sides from a wreck with injuries. We have deputies on scene and will update when the road is cleared. Old 280 may be used to go around the wreck.

Traffic Alert/Road Closure: Highway 280 at County Road 55 is closed (both east and west bound) due to a motor vehicle accident. First responders are on scene and are working to get this cleared as soon as possible.

Please contact Pelham, Alabama Police Department or Vestavia Hills Police Department if you have any information about this vehicle.

Update: As of 10:30 a.m., Highway 47 is now open to normal traffic. Please continue to use caution while traveling in this area as first responders may still be in the area. Traffic Alert: Highway 47 near County Road 446 is closed due to a motor vehicle accident. Traffic headed towards Columbiana on 47 will need to detour onto County Road 69. If you are traveling from Columbiana to Chelsea, use Highway 25 to County Road 49.