Russell hires special projects manager

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.

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.