Bettye Fine Collins speaks out about leaving Commission

JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - For the first time since she announced she is not seeking re-election to the Jefferson County Commission, Bettye Fine Collins is speaking out.

Collins spoke about her decision not to seek re-election following Tuesday morning's commission meeting. She says, after her term is over, she plans on spending more time volunteering.
     
Before serving on the Jefferson County Commission, Collins served as a Birmingham School Board member and Birmingham City Council member. Collins was elected to the Jefferson County Commission in 1994.

During her news conference Tuesday morning, Collins said she plans on volunteering and blogging her thoughts on current topics. She says she also plans on working with the group that is working to re-write Alabama's constitution.

Collins did not give a reason as to why she will not seek re-election only saying that it's time.

Collins still has almost a year left on the commission.

She told us today that county revenue is beginning to improve and the county may soon consider filling vacant critical conditions.