Jefferson County Commission to Search for New Chief Financial Officer

Jefferson County CFO John Henry. (Source: Solomon Crenshaw Jr.)

At their Dec. 17 work session, Jefferson County Commission members discussed the plan for replacing John Henry, the county’s chief financial officer, who is leaving for a new position in Washington, D.C.

Travis Hulsey, county director of revenue, will oversee the Finance Office while the position is vacant. The Human Resources Department will conduct a six-week national search to recruit candidates for the position.

Henry also serves on the board of directors for the recently approved UAB Health Care Authority, set up to manage operations at Cooper Green Mercy Health Services.

Henry joined the Jefferson County Commission Finance Department in June 2017.

In other business:

  • Commissioner Sheila Tyson discussed her role leading the census committee for Jefferson County. The goal of the committee is to reach populations in the community that are hard to count. A grant has been applied for to assist in efforts in Fairfield, Lipscomb, Tarrant, Midfield, Center Point and Brighton. The committee is prohibited from using public funds for the effort. The commission agreed to schedule a presentation to further discuss the issue.
  • The commissioners discussed redirection of excess funds from projects that came in under budget to increase funding for the Irondale Senior Center, the Graysville Ball Park and the city of Fairfield to buy a firetruck.