The mayor of Tallassee, Alabama, faces a charge of domestic violence after being arrested Saturday.
John Randal Hammock, 47, was held without bond in Baldwin County Jail, according to online records from the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office. He was remanded in custody shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday.
Orange Beach Police said they responded to a call about a domestic dispute on Perdido Beach Boulevard in Orange Beach around 10pm on Saturday, according to Al.com.
Police allegedly arrested Hammock without incident, according to the business, after finding probable cause to believe Hammock had “committed a crime of domestic violence.”
He was charged with domestic violence – suffocation, Al.com reported.
Hammock, a Republican, is serving his second term as mayor of Tallassee, a town of less than 5,000 people in both Elmore and Tallapoosa counties, and he is also running for a seat on the Public Service Commission.
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 contained photos from his stay at the beach, the newspaper reported.
Saturday’s incident is not the first time Hammock is facing legal issues.
He faced a charge of harassment in August 2020 for an incident on the road in July of that year.
Hammock maintained his innocence and told the WFSA at the time that he had defended his wife. “I never waved a weapon or aimed at them with any kind of weapon,” he said. The charge was later dismissed.
Trial against the city
Last month, Hammock filed a lawsuit against the city and city council for his dismissal as head of the city’s supply system.
According to the WFSA, Hammock claimed that his dismissal in October was contrary to city policies. The federal lawsuit, which lists all seven members of the council and the city as accused, alleges wrongful termination as well as libel and slander.
“Our city council needs to be better,” Hammock said in a statement issued following his resignation, published by Elmore Autauga News.
“They need to start putting our citizens’ needs above their own personal agendas and self-interest. The people of Tallassee deserve better. I have fought hard as mayor to stand up for our city. They may think I work for them, but I do. not; I work for the people of Tallassee. “
Orange Beach Police and Hammock’s office have been contacted for further comments.