The man who will oversee all hiring, firing and disciplinary practices of Jefferson County workers was in Birmingham Thursday.
Ronald Sims has been appointed as the receiver for the county human resources department. The county has been embroiled in a three-decade legal battle over allegations of discrimination against African Americans and women.
Sims is a Virginia business school professor and is also also familiar with the area. He was appointed as receiver for the Jefferson County Personnel Board from 2002 to 2008.
Jefferson County Manager Tony Petelos said he is looking forward to working with Sims.
"The consent decree has been out there for 30 years. Having this receiver come in and work with our departments, working with the staff, is so one day we can exit the consent decree," Petelos said.
Sims will be paid $240,000. He will file a report with the federal court on Feb. 24, 2014 on the progress towards developing a non-discriminatory hiring and firing process. Sims will not oversee the staff of Jefferson County Commissioners, the county manager or county attorney office.
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