Equity & Inclusion Division (EID)


 Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer 
 Dr. Lisa Burroughs
 716 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N
 Suite A-630
 Birmingham, AL 35203

 *Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
 *Excluding Approved Holiday

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About Us

Our mission is to support the Jefferson County Commission in continuing to build and maintain an inclusive culture where ALL employees are respected and provided equitable opportunities.

The Affirmative Action Office was historically associated with investigating complaints of race and sex discrimination. However, it evolved in 2017 and was rebranded as the Equity & Inclusion Division (EID). As part of the Jefferson County Human Resources Department’s progression under the Consent Decree and beyond, the EID is creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture for all employees where respect and communication are embedded in every aspect of Jefferson County Commission’s operations. 

The Equity & Inclusion Division is a neutral party and fact finder, whose major functions are to receive, investigate and remedy complaints of employment discrimination and harassment. We encourage employees to access the Equity & Inclusion Hotline at (844-759-0034) or visit the website at www.jccal.ethicspoint.com to report a complaint. Employees may also schedule a private and confidential consultation with a Business Partner in the EID who is willing to assist with their concerns. 

The Equity & Inclusion Division is responsible for three key functions/services, which include Compliance, Policy Administration, and Equity and Inclusion Programs/Services.

  • Compliance includes Affirmative Action plans/reports, discrimination complaints (formal), unfair treatment complaints (informal), conflict management, mediation and internal reviews/audits. 
  • Policy Administration includes policy development, policy interpretation, policy review appeals, disciplinary recommendations/approvals and ADA initial reviews/approvals.
  • Equity and Inclusion Programs/Services include developing various best practices programs, leadership coaching, outreach, networking, departmental recognition/awards and communication. 

To execute these functions/services, EID works closely with supporting partners, which may include other divisions of the Human Resources Department, the County Attorney’s Office, Jefferson County Commission Leaders and the Personnel Board of Jefferson County, as appropriate. 

We also want to invite ALL Jefferson County Commission employees to work with EID so that we can create an equitable and inclusive working environment TOGETHER!


EQUITY & INCLUSION HOTLINE

The EID has an Equity & Inclusion Hotline program that launched on June 25, 2018. This program provides an additional mechanism for reporting potential violation of safety, security, policy and/or ethical behavior, while providing Jefferson County Commission employees the option to report anonymously. The system also allows completion of an online questionnaire www.jccal.ethicspoint.com or through a confidential telephone call to the hotline number (844-759-0034) with a third party. Employees have the option to self-identify or report anonymously. 

When determining whether you should self-identify or remain anonymous, consider the nature of your complaint. For example, if a reporter became aware of a potential violation that impacted the safety of others, reporting anonymously would be appropriate. On the other hand, if a reporter was sexually harassed, self-identifying may be best. 

We value your opinions and encourage you to use this system to report any issues, concerns, questions or suggestions you feel are appropriate to bring forward. If you have any questions about the Equity & Inclusion Hotline, please do not hesitate to contact the Equity & Inclusion Division at 205-325-5249 or via email at equityandinclusion@jccal.org.

OUR TEAM
Dr. Lisa Burroughs, Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer
Office Number 205-325-5249
Email: burroughsl@jccal.org
Romissa Walton, Business Partner Manager – Equity & Inclusion
Office Number 205-582-6787
Email: waltonr@jccal.org
Kimberly Webster, Business Partner
Office Number 205-325-5249
Email: websterk@jccal.org
Ben Sullen, Business Partner
Office Number 205-325-5249
Email: sullenb@jccal.org
Beth Carter, Business Partner
Office Number 205-325-5249
Email: carterb@jccal.org
Alan Sconiers, Business Partner
Office Number 205-325-5249
Email: sconiersa@jccal.org
Delana Spencer, Intake Coordinator
Office Number 205-583-8313
Email: spencerde@jccal.org

Business Partners and Department Assignments Business Partners and Department Assignments
Ben Sullen and Beth Carter are the Equity & Inclusion Business Partners who are dedicated to establishing partnerships with the following departments in order to educate Jefferson County Commission employees through training, programs and equity and inclusion initiatives:

  • Board of Equalization
  • Human-Community Services & Economic Development
  • District Attorney (Birmingham & Bessemer)
  • Information Technology
  • Finance Department (including BMO & Purchasing Division)
  • General Services 
  • Roads & Transportation
  • Tax Collector’s Office (Birmingham & Bessemer)
  • Juvenile Detention Center
  • Family Court
  • Coroner’s Office
Assignments are subject to change based on business necessity.
Kimberly Webster and Alan Sconiers are the Equity & Inclusion Business Partners who are dedicated to establishing partnerships with the following departments in order to educate Jefferson County Commission employees through training, programs and equity and inclusion initiatives:

  • Environmental Services
  • Revenue
  • Board of Registrar’s Office
  • Cooper Green Mercy Health Services
  • County Attorney’s Office
  • County Manager’s Office
  • Probate (Birmingham & Bessemer)
  • Human Resources
  • Development Services 
  • Tax Assessor’s Office (Birmingham & Bessemer)
  • Treasurer’s Office (Birmingham & Bessemer)
Assignments are subject to change based on business necessity.