County Commission to make reduction in force throughout nine different departments

MADISON COUNTY, Ala.--There was some outrage at Wednesday's Madison County Commission meeting in regards to some lay offs of long time employees.

The commission voted for a reduction in force spread out through nine different departments. District Six County Commissioner Bob Harrison explains the reasoning behind the decision.

"Well this is a cross savings that we're doing in our budget as we do department to department independent of any kind of
considerations for personality," he said.

Two of those positions are in the inspection department, which Harrison said is a revenue producing department.

"They draw close scrutiny in terms of the number of people they have and what they're budgets are, and sometimes reduction in force is required," he said.

Commissioner Harrison said a reduction in force is never something the commission wants to do, but feels they are making the right decision.

"But it's something unfortunately that we have to do in order to be accountable to our tax payers," he added.

Harrison said they are aware of the concerns surrounding the decision. He said most people understood once he explained it, but they did have valid concerns.

"Just wanted to know that we weren't going to lose the efficiency, and the kind of performance that we've had in the past, but we will assure them that there won't be any loss in effectiveness," said Harrison.

Harrison believes the inspection department will still be able to operate at the same level as before, despite the reduction in force.

The two inspectors involved in the reduction are county employees who have been there for over 20 years. Commissioner Harrison added that they are going to do everything they can to look at alternatives to place the individuals in other positions if possible.