The Russell County Commission has hired George Worthington as county special projects manager to supervise its new county work crew.
The county plans to use inmate labor as a low-cost option for some its construction projects.
Worthington supervised a group which constructed the first phase of Russell County Sheriff's Department's new training facility in Fort Mitchell, saving the county about $75,000 according to Sheriff Tommy Boswell.
Worthington, who will make a little more than $28,000 in the new position, will supervise five county jail inmates with a variety of skills in the construction trade — roofing, bricklaying, wood work, flooring -- in performing work on a number of county projects.
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The county is currently working on a concessions building at the new Russell County Sports Complex in Seale. Worthington is helping complete the foundation on the structure.
A problem with the roof at the Russell County Senior Center in Fort Mitchell is another project the work crew will tackle in the coming weeks.