FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 10, 2011
DHR to Consolidate Jefferson County Offices
MONTGOMERY – Governor Robert Bentley and DHR Commissioner Nancy Buckner announced today that four DHR offices in Jefferson County will be consolidated into one centrally located office in downtown Birmingham. The new location is 2001 12th Ave. N., near the I-20/59 and I/65 interchange and the Jefferson County Civic Center. The DHR office in Bessemer will remain open.
The existing building, which will house over 500 employees, will be completely renovated by the building owner to a like-new condition. The new location is easily accessible to clients via public and private transportation and parking is available for both clients and staff.
“It’s important that the citizens of Jefferson County be able to access state services in a single, safe and convenient location, and DHR employees need functional housing in order to provide those services efficiently and effectively,” said Governor Bentley. “I believe this consolidation will achieve both of these goals and also create jobs for those working on the building renovations.”
“One of my priorities as Mayor is to bring jobs to our City,” said Birmingham Mayor William A Bell, Sr. “This project is especially important because with these jobs, a new and vibrant partnership has been forged between the Governor’s office and the Mayor’s office. It is the first, I believe, of many joint projects to come.”
Renovations are expected to be completed sometime in 2012 and DHR staff will begin moving into the building shortly thereafter.
“We’ve been in the process of securing adequate housing for our staff and clients in Jefferson County for several years now,” said Commissioner Buckner. “The combining of operations into one central location will greatly improve staff efficiency, provide better management oversight and enhance the quality of services provided to Jefferson County citizens.”
The current Jefferson County offices are located at 11 West Oxmoor Road, 1321 5th Avenue South, 4500 5th Avenue South and 85 Bagby Drive.
Contact - Barry Spear (334) 242-1850