Calera, Alabama

Calera is a city in both Shelby and Chilton Counties in central Alabama, south of Birmingham, with a population of 11,620 people. Columbiana is the County Seat of Shelby County, and Clanton is the County Seat of Chilton County. Jon Graham is the mayor of Calera, and his office is located in City Hall, which is on Highway 31.

City of Calera
City Hall
7901 Highway 31
Calera, AL 35040

City of Calera Facebook Page

Jon Graham, Mayor

There is limited crime information available for Calera, but the information from 2002 shows a crime index of 593.2, which is significantly higher than the United States national crime index of 328.4. As of March 2018, there were 25 registered sex offenders living in Calera.

Calera, Alabama – Police Station and Crime Statistics

There is little crime data available for Calera, but the estimated crime rate for the city is 3,075 per 100,000 persons. That’s lower than the Alabama state crime rate of 3,480 per 100,000 persons, but higher than the United States national crime rate of 2,837 per 100,000 persons.

The Calera Police Department is located on Highway 25 and employs approximately 32 full-time police officers. The Chief of Police is Sean Lemley.

Calera Police Department
10947 Hwy. 25
P.O. Box 730
Calera, AL 35040

Calera Police Department Facebook Page

Sean Lemley, Chief of Police

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is located in Columbiana, and the sheriff is John Samaniego. Divisions within the sheriff’s office include patrol, criminal investigations, corrections, administration, narcotics, and specialty units.

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office
380 McDow Road
Columbiana, AL 35051

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page

John Samaniego, Sheriff

The Corrections Division is headed by Captain Jay Fondren and is located on the premises with the sheriff’s office. This facility has 500 beds and employs 65 correction officers. Inmates are allowed one visit per week, via video visits. Appointments for visits must be made via the website Visitation appointments are available for Tuesday – Thursday, from 7:20 pm to 9:35 pm, Saturday from 8:00 am to 11:25 am, and Sunday from 8:00 am to 9:35 pm. All visits must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance.

Shelby County Corrections
380 McDow Road
Columbiana, AL 35051

Shelby County’s Most Wanted can be viewed online.

The Chilton County Sheriff’s Office is the other police department in the area, and the office is run by Sheriff John Shearon. He’s been serving as the elected sheriff since 2014. The Sheriff’s Office is located in Clanton, and department divisions include investigations, patrol, courthouse security, and corrections.

Chilton County Sheriff’s Office
500 2nd Avenue North
Clanton, AL 35045

Chilton County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page

The Chilton County Jail houses generally houses about 200 inmates daily. The commander of the jail is Captain Trae Barfield, and there are 25 corrections officers at the jail. Inmates are allowed to have one 30-minute visit each week. Appointments for visitation can be made by calling 205-755-1053 between 3pm and 7pm the day before the visit. Visitation is from 1pm to 3pm Monday-Friday.

Chilton County Jail
500 2nd Avenue North
Clanton, AL 35045

Chilton County’s Most Wanted Fugitives can be viewed online.

Calera, Alabama – Open Records Requests

Open Records Requests must be submitted through the City Clerk’s Office, and the Calera City Clerk is Connie Payton. The City Clerk is responsible for ensuring that accurate records are kept of all meetings and other city actions.

Connie Payton, City Clerk
7901 Highway 31
Calera, AL 35040