Alabama Mayor John Randal Hammock Arrested on Domestic Violence Charge

The mayor of Tallassee, Alabama, is facing a domestic violence charge after being arrested on Saturday.

John Randal Hammock, 47, was being held without bond in the Baldwin County Jail, according to online records from the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office. He was booked into custody shortly before 11 a.m. on Sunday.

Orange Beach Police said they responded to a call about a domestic dispute on Perdido Beach Boulevard in Orange Beach at around 10 p.m. on Saturday, according to Al.com.

Police reportedly arrested Hammock without incident, according to the outlet, after finding probable cause to believe Hammock had "committed an act of felony domestic violence."

He was charged with domestic violence—strangulation, Al.com reported.

Hammock, a Republican, is serving his second term as mayor of Tallassee, a city of less than 5,000 people located in both Elmore and Tallapoosa counties, and he is also running for a seat on the Public Service Commission.

The Tallahassee Tribune reported that Hammock's Facebook page said he was campaigning in Baldwin County just hours before his arrest. That post has since been removed.

His page also featured images from his stay on the beach, the newspaper reported.

Saturday's incident isn't the first time Hammock has faced legal troubles.

He faced a misdemeanor harassment charge in August 2020 over a road rage incident in July that year.

Hammock maintained his innocence, telling WFSA at the time that he had been defending his wife. "I never brandished a weapon or aimed at them with any kind of weapon," he said. The charge was later dismissed.

Lawsuit Against the City

Last month, Hammock filed a lawsuit against the city and city council over his termination as superintendent of the city's utility system.

According to WFSA, Hammock alleged that his termination in October violated city policies. The federal lawsuit, which lists all seven members of the council and the city as defendants, is claiming wrongful termination as well as libel and slander.

"Our City Council must be better," Hammock said in a statement issued after his termination that was published by the Elmore Autauga News.

"They must start putting the needs of our citizens above their own personal agendas, and self interest. The people of Tallassee deserve better. I've fought hard as Mayor to stand up for our city. They may think I work for them, but I don't; I work for the people of Tallassee."

Orange Beach Police and Hammock's office have been contacted for additional comment.

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John Randal Hammock, the mayor of Tallassee, Alabama, was arrested on a domestic violence charge. Baldwin County Sheriff's Office