County commission may bring some staff back

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The Jefferson County Commission said Wednesday it may bring some county employees back to work to deal with security and maintenance issues.

Commissioners said it is considering bringing back a security staff to work the Birmingham and Bessemer courthouses from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily.  The plan was proposed after an altercation occurred last night between people waiting in line at the revenue department in the Bessemer courthouse.

County commissioners also said they may bring back some staff to deal with a backlog at the county morgue and a water leak on the first and second floors of the 2121 building.

County commissioners also heard from administrators at Cooper Green Hospital who said they want to put their staff back on a 40-hour work week.  Administrators said the 32-hour work week is costing them more money because the hospital is having to hire temporary nurses and staff to fill the gaps.

The county mandated the 32-hour work week earlier this year as part of its effort to balance its budget without revenue from the county's occupational tax.  Nearly 1,000 county employees were placed on administrative leave without pay last week.