Jefferson County sues its treasurer - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Jefferson County sues its treasurer

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The Jefferson County Commission is suing the county's treasurer over millions of dollars she is refusing to release.

Attorneys representing the commission and treasurer Jennifer Champion met Monday morning for a hearing before Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Boohaker.  Attorneys for the commissioner claim Champion is illegally holding up almost $25 million due to the county.

Champion claims she has the right to question how the commission spends the money.  Commissioners say she doesn't have that right and want the judge to force her to release the money.

Judge Boohaker heard testimony Monday morning, then adjourned the hearing until Tuesday afternoon to give the county commission time to pass a resolution asking Champion to release the money.  A person representing Champion said the treasurer still wants an explanation about how the money will be spent before releasing the money.

Jefferson County Chief Financial Officer Jeff Hagler said Monday morning the county needs $3 million from Champion by the end of the week in order to make direct deposits for payroll. Hagler testified if the money is not released, the county would have to take the money from a high-interest rate account and the county would lose that additional interest money.

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