Jefferson County contracts going electronic

By Alan Collins

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Checking on the millions of dollars of contracts given out by Jefferson County is only a mouse click away.

Wednesday, the county's Information and Technology department unveiled it's Clarity software program. This will help commissioners get access to all county contracts easily.

"So that the county commission and eventually the public can view all of the contracts we have," Charlie Wagner, Jefferson Co. attorney said. "And what's the value of those contracts."

The computer program has been up and running for a couple of months, but by April 15th every contract will have be entered on the system for final approval.

"After April 15th we won't accept any manually drawn contract cover sheets," Wagner said.

Jefferson County Commissioners have complained for years about not being able to track contracts or even know what contracts have been awarded by the county.

"It's going to make it easier to keep up with contracts," Bobby Humphryes, Jefferson Co. Commissioner said. "We won't have to be running all over the courthouse, going from one person to the next."

Jefferson County Commissioners will be able to go to their computer, type in their name or other commissioners' names, and see what contracts are out there. The game plan is for the taxpayers to do the same in the near future. It's hoped this is another step is regaining the public trust in managing those tax dollars.

"This does provide greater transparency and accountability in our transactions we collect and enter into at the county," Wagner said.

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