ALEA consolidation protected some jobs

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Before Alabama lawmakers, Spencer Collier with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) pointed out that merging 10 state level enforcement agencies under one agency is efficient but comes with side effects.

"One of the problems [Collier] says he has is an inability to phase out or terminate positions if they're no longer needed, i.e. the person doing the oil changing in Montgomery," said Senator Arthur Orr (R-Decatur).

For years, State Troopers drove to Montgomery for car maintenance. That practice is in the past, but those mechanics have to be phased out, like many other positions that will be eliminated under ALEA.

Among them, 104 middle managers who Senator Orr thinks could be put to better use.

"Don't just leave them behind the desk even if they're of officer rank," recommended Orr. "Lieutenants, captains, majors, if the need is out on the roads, let's put them back on the roads."

Senator Orr goes on to say the redlined positions should be easy to re-assign somewhere in state government.

He adds lawmakers see a bigger issue in the middle of the state's budget crisis.

"When we don't have confidence in agencies that the money we give them is going to be well and wisely spent for the taxpayer, it makes it very hard to appropriate the dollars though the mission truly needs the dollars."

Lawmakers say this year there is no appetite to raise taxes or any new revenue. The 2016 legislative session begins February 2.

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