Boaz, Alabama

Boaz is a small city in Etowah and Marshall Counties in northeastern Alabama, with a population of 9,551 people. The County Seat of Etowah is Gadsden, and the County Seat of Marshall County is Guntersville. David Dyar is the mayor of Boaz, and his office is in the City Hall, which is located on Broad Street.

City of Boaz
City Hall
112 North Broad Street
Boaz, AL 35957


City of Boaz Facebook Page

David Dyar, Mayor

In 2016, there were no murders in Boaz. There were 6 reported rapes, 3 reported robberies, and 137 reported assaults. There were also 74 reports of burglaries, 294 reports of thefts, and 45 reports of auto thefts. This gives the city of Boaz a crime index of 555.1, which is nearly two times the United States crime index of 284.9. There were 51 registered sex offenders living in Boaz, as of March 2018.

Boaz, Alabama – Police Station and Crime Statistics

In 2016, there were 559 reported crimes in Boaz, which gives the city a crime rate of 5,746 per 100,000 persons. That is significantly higher than the Alabama state crime rate of 3,480 per 100,000 persons and the United States national crime rate of 2,837 per 100,000 persons. Theft and property crime are the most commonly reported crimes in Boaz.

The Boaz Police Department is located on Line Avenue, and the Chief of Police is Josh Gaskin. Michael Abercrombie is the Assistant Chief. Divisions within the department include animal control, investigations, jail, the K-9 unit, patrol, records, and resource officers. The police department employs more than 20 police officers. Phillip Lemaster is the Jailer/Administrator.

Boaz Police Department
101 Line Avenue
Boaz, AL 35957

Boaz Police Department Facebook Page

Josh Gaskin, Chief of Police

Phillip Lemaster, Jailer/Administrator

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office is one of the larger police departments, and the office is run by Sheriff Phil Sims. The Sheriff’s Office is located in Guntersville, and department divisions include patrol, investigations, aviation, civil process, court, prisoner transport, communications, and the county jail. There is a jail on the premises, which houses approximately 200 inmates.

Marshall County Sheriff’s Office
423 Blount Avenue
Guntersville, AL 35976

The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office is the other large police department in the area, and it’s located in Gadsden. The sheriff is Jonathon W. Horton. The sheriff’s office is divided into divisions, including detention, administration, enforcement, investigations, special units, and drug enforcement. There are approximately 38 deputies employed by the sheriff’s office.

Etowah County Sheriff’s Office
827 Forrest Avenue
Gadsden, AL 35901

The detention center is also located on the premises with the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office, and the Chief of Corrections is Keith Peek. Visitation with inmates is from Sunday through Wednesday, between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm. All visitation is by video, and inmates may only have one visit per day, with a maximum of 2 visits per week. All visits require appointments, and the inmate is responsible for scheduling the visit.

Etowah County Detention Center
827 Forrest Avenue
Gadsden, AL 35901

Keith Peek, Chief of Corrections

Etowah County’s Most Wanted fugitives can be viewed online.

Boaz, Alabama – Open Records Requests

Open Records Requests must be submitted through the City Clerk, who is Jill Bright. It’s the City Clerk’s responsibility to keep accurate records and ensure that elections are run properly.

Jill Bright, City Clerk/Treasurer
112 N Broad Street
Boaz, AL 35957

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