The area known as Pleasant Grove, Alabama was first homesteaded in September, 1836. Pleasant Grove is in Jefferson County. Although no one seems to know when or exactly how the town came by its name, old documents indicate that at least part of this area was call Pleasant Grove as early at 1884. Pleasant Grove was incorporated as a city in January, 1937. The incorporation came about by reason of a rather unusual circumstance. The town sits on land honeycombed by coal mines. For many years the residents had relied on water wells for their water supply. As years passed and more mining was done, Pleasant Grove found itself confronted with a problem. Residents would sometimes go to their well to draw water only to find there was none. The water had gone into the mines.During the mid to late 30’s, the Federal Government had a program for financing the building of local water systems. In exploring the possibility of securing such funds, it was revealed that in order to secure such financing a community must be legally incorporated. At this time the incorporation became a reality.
The first appointed Mayor of Pleasant Grove was W.P. Stone. The city is governed by a Mayor and five council members who serve four-year terms. Elections for city officials are held during the summer of each leap year with four year terms beginning the first Monday in October.
Currently the elected officials of the city are:
Mayor Jerry Brasseale
Municipal Court - 3rd Tuesday – Traffic Court starts at 9 AM, Misdemeanors at 10 AM, in the Council Chambers at City Hall.