Lowndes County is a county of the U.S. State of Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population was 11,299. Its county seat is Hayneville. Lowndes County was formed by an act of the Alabama General Assembly on January 20, 1830. The county is named for South Carolina statesman William Lowndes.
Lowndes County has a total area of 725.03 square miles and includes the towns of Benton, Fort Deposit, Gordonville, Hayneville, Lowndesboro, Mosses, and Whitehall.
The Sheriff of Lowndes County is John "Big John" Williams and his office is comprised of several divisions including Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Administration, and the Lowndes County Detention Center. The Sheriff's Office primary mission is the preservation and protection of life and property. To accomplish this mission, more than 40 professionals are employed with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff’s Office not only serves the residents of Lowndes County thru the above listed divisions, but the Sheriff maintains an active presence in the local schools to help provide guidance and positive role models to the youth of Lowndes County. There are two (2) deputies which are assigned to the local schools while they are in session. These two (2) deputies are present in the local high schools, but the Sheriff has not forgotten the others. The Sheriff provides adequate times for all his deputies to make rounds to the elementary and middle schools within Lowndes County. Deputies are frequently attending the schools for special functions such as Career Day, Red Ribbon Week, and Just Say No to Drugs Campaign, to name a few. During these times the deputies speak to the youth and provide them with guidance and answers to questions they might have in reference to any of the subjects.
Sheriff Williams also maintains an active role himself in the visitation of the schools and on any given day of the week you are liable to find him attending any of the school’s athletic functions. Sheriff Williams was awarded the 2015 Partner in Education of the Year Award from the Lowndes County Board of Education, because of his active participation with the youth of the Lowndes County Schools.