JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Jefferson County will be without one its top leaders starting next week.
Jefferson County Manager Tony Petelos will be stepping down for a medical leave of absence for four to six weeks.
Petelos underwent cancer surgery last year in August. While the county manager is cancer free he has had numerous problems from infections which has lead to several hospital stays and trips to the emergency room.
"A lot of folks out there with prayers. I appreciate the support of the county commissioners. Appreciate the support from my executive staff and department heads during my absence. Hopefully this will solve the problem I've been dealing with for almost a year now and looking forward to getting back to work," Petelos said.
While Jefferson County commissioners admit the county runs smoother with Petelos on the job, the county manager was told today by commissioners to take as much time as possible to get back on his feet.
Petelos's duties will be assumed by his deputy county managers and the county's chief financial officer.