Smoot: Sheriff Hale 'needs to quit whining'

Jefferson County Commissioner Sheila Smoot (WBRC video)
Jefferson County Commissioner Sheila Smoot (WBRC video)

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Jefferson County Commissioner Sheila Smoot said Sheriff Mike Hale "needs to quit whining" about budget cuts.

Smoot made her comments Tuesday as the county commission voted 4-1 to approve a new budget for the 2010 fiscal year. The $808 million budget contains $28 million in cuts from the previous budget, including a $10 million budget cut for the sheriff's department.

Sheriff Mike Hale said he would address the budget cuts later Tuesday.  Smoot told commissioners Sheriff Hale, "needs to quit whining and come down here and be a team player."

Commissioner Bobby Humphryes voted against the budget, saying he had questions about the budget numbers.