By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Thursday the Jefferson County Commission’s Administrative Services committee is expected to consider a resolution Thursday to hire Bolin as lead county attorney.
AL.com is reporting that the Jefferson County Commission is supporting the hiring of Republican Supreme Court Justice Mike Bolin to fill the vacant county attorney position, previously held by Jeff Sewell.
The Republican and former Jefferson County probate court judge has not yet formally resigned, as he has not been formally resigned yet. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) will appoint a judge to finish out Justice Bolin’s term.
There is wide speculation that former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Chuck Malone would be Bentley’s first choice for the appointment if he wants the job. Governor Bentley appointed Malone as his Chief of Staff when Bentley was first elected Governor. When Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb (D) resigned to spend more time with her family, Gov. Bentley appointed Malone to be the next Chief Justice. Malone finished Cobb’s term; but lost reelection to (then) former Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) in the 2012 Republican Primary. Chief Justice Malone is currently back on the Circuit Court in his native Tuscaloosa.
Chief Justice Roy Moore told al.com’s Mike Kason said, “I know that Jefferson County is going to get an excellent person as their attorney. He will be a good leader there as he has been on the court. I applaud him for his willingness to face what he’s going to be facing. But I know he’s the man that can do it.”
Jeff Sewell was Jefferson County’s highest paid employee; but lost favor with the Commission after he publicly opined that the Jefferson County Commission was not complying with the County Manager Act.
Jefferson County is currently in bankruptcy, the largest government bankruptcy in American history.