Jefferson County Commission President Jimmie Stephens told 1819 News on Friday that the commission is “completely against” the Birmingham Police Department housing those they arrest on misdemeanor charges in the county jail.
Though Birmingham is no longer Alabama’s largest city, the Birmingham area remains the largest metropolitan region in the state. In 2023, the City of Birmingham faced several problems, from a wave of violent crime that continued into 2023 from 2022 to a severe truancy problem in its public school system that drew the ire of Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin.
TRUSSVILLE — Several East Jefferson County mayors met on Tuesday morning and discussed possibilities and concerns about a potential new jail that could house inmates for municipalities in the Birmingham area.
Jefferson County residents may have higher utility bills in 2024 as the county increases sewer rates, and those within the jurisdiction of Birmingham Water Works face a potential rate hike for the third year in a row.
Jefferson County Sheriff Mark Pettway said Thursday that the Jefferson County Commission’s freezing of 30% of the sheriff’s office budget is dangerous.
Since 1996, the Jefferson County Commission has been bound by a consent decree over the county sewer system. That is something commissioners want to change.
The Jefferson County Commission unanimously passed a record $1 billion balanced operating and capital budget for fiscal year 2023-2024 during Thursday morning’s commission meeting.
During an appearance Tuesday on CNN's "The Source," U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Birmingham) predicted the federal courts would not stop with Alabama's congressional districts regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's break with prior precedent on the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Mike Bolin was sworn into the Jefferson County Commission on Monday morning after winning a special election for the final seat on July 18.
Alabama GOP chairman John Wahl praised former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Mike Bolin on Wednesday for his “impressive win” in District 5 of the Jefferson County Commission, which he said secured the five-person commission in favor of conservatives.
Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Mike Bolin won the seat for Jefferson County Commission’s District 5 on Tuesday’s special election, maintaining the conservative majority on the five-person commission.
A candidate to fill the fifth spot on the Jefferson County Commission was endorsed by Birmingham-area Democrats in spite of branding himself as “nonpartisan” in an election in which political parties will not be included on the ballot.
Candidate for Jefferson County Commission Jeff Wise has withdrawn from the race and endorsed fellow Republican Mike Bolin for the position.
In 2022, former Navy seal and law enforcement officer Jared Hudson narrowly lost to the incumbent Democrat Mark Pettway in the election for Jefferson County Sheriff. Now, Hudson is encouraging conservatives to get out and vote in a special election later this month that will determine which party holds the majority in the Jefferson County Commission.
On July 18, Vestavia, Mountain Brook, Homewood and Hoover residents will select the newest member of the Jefferson County Commission in a special election. Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Mike Bolin says he’s the man for the job.
David Silverstein is a real estate developer in the Birmingham area. He declared his candidacy for the District 5 special election on Monday night.
Last month, Birmingham-area urologist Brian Christine declared his candidacy in the special election for an open seat on the Jefferson County Commission. However, Christine has now resigned from the race and endorsed another Republican for the position.
Late last week, Jefferson County Commissioner Steve Ammons announced he will be stepping down to become CEO of the Birmingham Business Alliance. One Birmingham-area surgeon announced on Monday morning he will be in the running to take his place.
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.
The Jefferson County Commission approved a new billing agreement with the Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB) on Tuesday after what reports say were months of negotiations.
Jefferson County Commission president Jimmie Stephens told 1819 News on Monday that the JCC is reviewing a lawsuit filed against it by activist groups accusing it of racial gerrymandering.
The Jefferson County Commission elected to shell out $5 million toward the Caraway Amphitheater project in North Birmingham, which could replace the Oak Mountain Ampitheatre in Pelham.
The city will pay $275,000 for the non-profit to compile criminal justice-related statistics from neighborhoods in Birmingham and Jefferson County.
Experts predicted this past summer's World Games in Birmingham to have an economic impact of $256.5 million. However, according to a new study, the actual impact was much lower than expected.
The Jefferson County Commission recently discussed a crime prevention plan that has already been implemented in major metropolitan areas like Compton, California, and Brooklyn, New York. The proposal, which would cost about $32 million over a period of four to five years, was presented by the Aspen Institute, a nonprofit organization for promoting social programs.
Pelham Mayor Gary W. Waters spoke to 1819 News on Thursday about the proposal brought before the Jefferson County Commission to replace Pelham’s Oak Mountain Amphitheatre with a new facility in Birmingham.
For the last three-and-a-half decades, Pelham's Oak Mountain Amphitheatre has been a staple of North Shelby County and holds the distinction of being the biggest outdoor music venue in Alabama. But it might be moving to Birmingham, according to a proposed project that could cost up to $50 million.