Hoover Mayor Tony Petelos said Tuesday that he is interested in becoming Jefferson County’s first manager. The 11-year former state representative is seeking an interview with the County Commission, he announced at a press conference.

“I have reservations myself leaving one of the best gigs in town … to a very, very difficult situation,” he said, citing the county’s lack of funding due to loss of an occupational tax and related problems, including the 500 county employees that have been laid off and jail overcrowding that is the focus of a federal lawsuit filed by inmates last week.

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