BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) The Jefferson County commission narrowly voted to hire a contract lobbyist Tuesday for $120,000.
The commission hired John Guthrie, Jr., who is from Cullman and the brother-in-law of Lt. Governor Jim Folsom, Jr. Guthrie will be paid $10,000 a month and up to $120,000 a year to lobby Alabama lawmakers in Montgomery.
Commissioners Bettye Fine Collins, Shelia Smoot, and William Bell voted for the contract. All three say the county needs a lobbyist to protect the interests of Jefferson County taxpayers.