Leaders unsure over William Bell replacement rules

JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Confusion continues to mount over how to replace William Bell on the Jefferson County Commission. Bell was elected Mayor of Birmingham on Tuesday.

Governor Riley has appointed people to the commission in the past, but a new law calls for a special election to fill a vacant seat. That leaves the governor's office considering options.

"I'll give you a definitive 'I don't know.' But we're looking at it right now," says Governor. "I thought it was over, but someone came in today and said there's such a long interim period there that we've had some requests to go ahead and appoint someone until the election. I don't know if that's legally or feasibly possible, but we have our staff looking at it and next day or two we'll make a determination."

Bell was elected to the Jefferson County Commission in 2008.