Due to drastic budget cuts made in December 2012 after the loss of ICE prisoners, several employees lost their employment in Jefferson County. Eighteen positions were either cut or reduced in hours, unrelated to the ICE operations. With the proposed 2013-2014 budget, the board seeks to restore eight positions to full time status and one to part time. Of the 18 non-ICE related positions, three continue to be filled due to subsidizing of automation funds available to officeholders.
“This is very positive news,” White concluded. “It’s important the people of Jefferson County know that despite all the financial troubles we hear about in state and federal government, the people are aware their county government is committed to living within our means.”