Jefferson County commissioner Steve Ammons has been named the CEO of the Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA) and will now be stepping down from the commission.

According to a press release from the BBA, the BBA board elected Ammons on Friday morning. He will begin the new role on May 30. A special election will have to be held for his District 5 seat. District 5 includes Mountain Brook, Vestavia Hills, Homewood and Hoover.

Ammons is a Navy veteran and former Vestavia Hills City Council member. He is the president and CEO of Background IQ, an employment screen service.

Ammons took office in 2018, and he won reelection in 2022. If he was not stepping down, his current term would’ve ended in 2026. 

“I am excited to expand my service to the seven-county Greater Birmingham Region with the BBA,” said Ammons. “Birmingham has more opportunities in front of us than ever before. I look forward to working closely with the team, our investors and our partners in the community to advance economic growth and regional cooperation together.”

The BBA functions as an economic development agency for the Birmingham area and a chamber of commerce for the City of Birmingham. According to its website, its funding comes from private companies, government, foundations and academia.

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