• Restoring Trust It's easy for a candidate for public office to claim his or her trustworthiness; but as we know from our six convicted former commissioners, that isn’t always the case. I fully understand that it is up to me to continuously earn your trust with my decisions, actions and statements. I can assure you that my relationships with God, my wife, my family, and those of you who placed your confidence in me are too important for me to do otherwise. Photo Credit: The Birmingham News
  • Building Consensus The County’s primary problems are not black problems or white problems; they’re not Republican problems or Democratic problems; nor are they problems of just the young or the old – nor just the rich or the poor. The problems facing Jefferson County are business problems with unnecessary political overtones. As such, developing effective solutions requires building consensus among multiple constituencies.
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  • Solving Problems The County’s primary problems are massively complex, including overhauling a cumbersome governmental bureaucracy with the introduction of a county manager; restructuring the County’s $4.2 billion debt in Chapter 9 bankruptcy; and regaining the county’s leadership position in economic development and job creation. As such, developing effective solutions requires creativity consistent with a long term vision for future. Photo Credit: Fox 6 News
  • Recruiting Jobs The County’s financial stability is dependent on the Commission’s ability to successfully work with the Birmingham Business Alliance and the cities to stimulate economic growth, both externally with the recruitment of new companies and internally with the growth of existing companies. One of the major projects announced in 2011 was a new million square foot Dollar General Distribution Center that will create 650 new jobs. Photo Credit: The Birmingham News
  • Representing You One of my primary responsibilities as a County Commissioner is representing you wherever I go -- whether it’s in New York negotiating with sewer creditors, meeting with a legislators in Washington DC or Montgomery, testifying before our bankruptcy judge in Birmingham, determining the County’s spending priorities, or explaining the Commission’s challenges and actions to the local, national and international press. Photo Credit: Associated Press

Editorial on Jefferson County’s Bankruptcy

Since filing for bankruptcy protection in November 2011, Jefferson County has made significant progress. Although the County’s $3 billion sewer debt gets most of the headlines, the County has another $1 billion in general obligation and school construction debt that has been advantageously restructured in the bankruptcy plan.

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Editorial on What’s Holding Us Back

Even with our many challenges, when I look at Jefferson County, I see beautiful terrain with rich natural resources; I see a giving community; I see religious leaders who have opened their doors to all; I see civic leaders who believe we can do better than we’ve done in the past; and I see a business community that is open for business.

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Reshaping County Services

On June 1st, the County exited the nursing home business with the sale of the Jefferson County Rehabilitation and Health Center, more commonly known as the County Home or the County Nursing Home. The facility originally opened in the early 1930s as an alms house or “poor farm” to care for the needs of the indigent and mentally ill of Jefferson County.

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