Petelos plans to be Jefferson County manager for next 8 years

Petelos plans to be Jefferson County manager for next 8 years

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Jefferson County Manager Tony Petelos. Source: WBRC file photo Jefferson County Manager Tony Petelos. Source: WBRC file photo
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

Jefferson County Manager Tony Petelos says he's not planning to go anywhere.

On Oct. 1, Petelos finished his second year as Jefferson County manager. Petelos said the county has hit rock bottom and is ready to move forward.

The county manager does not foresee any more massive layoffs, but he says there are challenges ahead. Petelos admits he and county commissioners have stepped on each other's toes but they have a good working relationship.

Jefferson County remains in bankruptcy but there are hopes to exit bankruptcy later this year. Petelos also has hopes that Cooper Green Mercy Health Services will be put under the control of a health care authority.

Jefferson County Commissioner Joe Knight would like to see the county out of the healthcare business in a year but Petelos would not put a timetable on the move.

Last week, Petelos told FOX6 he has no plans to run for the Congressional House seat that will be vacant when Bacchus' term ends.

Petelos says he plans to remain as county manager for at least another eight years because it takes 10 years to get retirement.

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