To maintain a safe environment the people of Baldwin County have come to expect the government and all of its departments to use all available resources to serve and protect the interests of communities.
County government employs a four-member commission with one of the commissioners serving as chairman. The commission is staffed by a county clerk/treasurer who serves to enforce policies the commission puts into place. Bay Minette serves as the headquarters of county government making the city vital to the entirety of the county, which is made up of 12 municipalities governed by mayors and council members or city administrators.
The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office oversees the safety of the entire county, however most communities have their own police force. The City of Bay Minette, for example, is equipped with a force of 23 certified police officers and four members of the police auxiliary.
The city of Bay Minette also has an outstanding fire department, able to respond to fires, medical emergencies, hazardous material situations, extractions and other types of rescues. The department was formed in 1908 but was not an official entity until 1960. Today, the department is staffed by 14 career firefighters and three part-time firefighters, plus 19 volunteers, who respond to approximately 1,700 calls annually.
The Bay Minette Fire Department also provides educational programs to residents who want to learn more about fire safety and other important emergency tools, like CPR. Other volunteer fire departments are located in Pine Grove, Rabun, Stockton, White House Forks, Crossroads, Stapleton, Lottie, Perdido and Tensaw.
The Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency offers training in emergency situations. This service can help citizens become better prepared to deal with crises and to assist others while waiting for help to arrive.