The Jefferson County commission made history Wednesday morning by voting to hire the first female county attorney.
Commissioners voted 3-2 to hire Carol Sue Nelson, a current attorney at Maynard Cooper and Gale law firm in Birmingham.
Nelson is a graduate of Auburn University and the Cumberland School of law. Her bio on the Maynard Cooper and Gale website says she focuses on "employment litigation and advising and counseling clients on employment issues" and routinely counsels clients in the healthcare, insurance and finance industries, as well as manufacturers and municipalities.
Nelson is expected to take the job on June 3. Her salary will be $224,000.
Commissioners David Carrington, Sandra Little Brown and George Bowman voted for Nelson and Joe Knight and Jimmie Stephens voted against. Knight and Stephens said they wanted more time to look at other candidates.
Brown said aside from making history, she believes the hire will help Jefferson County. Both Brown and Carrington said they think hiring Nelson will also help the county in their ongoing federal lawsuit in which the county was criticized for its hiring practices involving black people and women.
The previous candidate for the county attorney position, Alabama Supreme Court Justice Michael Bolin, backed out of the job the week after he was approved by the commission.
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