Chatom is a town in Washington County, Alabama. It incorporated in 1949. Chatom is the county seat of Washington County.
Chatom Alabama History
The town’s population was 1,288 as of the 2010 United States Census, up from 1,193 in 2000.
The area that is now Chatom was first settled around 1902; a post office was opened there in 1904, before there was even a town. In 1905, local resident F. J. Jordan suggested that the new community be designated as the county seat, given its location near the geographic center of the county. Other residents supported the idea, and in 1907 county voters elected to move the county seat from St. Stephens to Chatom.
Chatom Alabama Population
Chatom’s population at the time of the 2010 Census was 1,288. Of that number, 68.2 percent identified themselves as white, 31.1 as African American, 0.6 percent as Hispanic, and 0.4 percent as two or more races.
Chatom Alabama Courthouse
The county courthouse in Chatom is home to the Washington County Museum, which displays artifacts and historical documents relating to town and county history.
Chatom Alabama Jail
The Washington County Alabama Jail, located in Chatom, Alabama, is classified as medium custody jail. This county jail is located at 45 Court St and is used by multiple jurisdictions for offenders who have short state sentences (usually less than one year), probation violators and those awaiting trial, sentencing or other court appearances and are awaiting to post or are unable to make bail.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for the Washington County Jail. This facility houses an average of 80 inmates per day and is the detention facility, not only for the county, but for the towns of Chatom, Millry, and McIntosh. The Washington County Jail provides inmate labor for trash collection on Washington county roads, as well as assistance with projects for schools and the public library. This labor source saves taxpayers a significant amount of money each year.