Forty-six Jeffco deputies facing unpaid leave

JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Forty-six Jefferson County Sheriff Deputies face being put on administrative leave without pay as of Thursday. "This is a tough time for the office of the sheriff because forty-six deputies will be put on unpaid leave of absence," Sheriff Mike Hale said.

Tuesday, the sheriff and Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper announced 20 deputies can be transferred to the Birmingham Police Department. Chief Roper says every year his department has a large number of openings. We will put them on the street. That will benefit the citizens of Birmingham and the citizens of Jefferson County. It's a win-win for both organizations. It's great for us and great for our citizens," Roper said.

The city of Birmingham benefits by getting law enforcement officers who will not require expensive training."The cost savings is astronomical. What the sheriff has done, has saved the city 40 to 50 thousand per employees on just training alone," said Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford.

Sheriff Hale says putting deputies on unpaid leave is the saddest day of his life but he is thankful some will have a chance to earn almost $1200 more. "I can sleep better tonight knowing they will have a pay check and serving the Birmingham Police department," Hale said. The sheriff is working with other cities in hopes of landing more jobs.