GENEVA CO., Ala. (WDHN)—This week, the Geneva County Commission discussed a large number of vacancies in its “Road and Bridge” department.

County Engineer Justin Barfield says on any given day he essentially has only” 12-to-15 workers covering more than 600 miles of roads. The majority of them are dirt roads.

Since the pandemic began two-and-a-half years ago, Barfield says he’s been fighting a losing battle of keeping and recruiting employees.

Recently, Dale and Houston’s counties increased pay” to help maintain their workforce.

Barfield says he and the county commission will continually work to recruit individuals to work for the geneva county road and bridge department. For those interested, they can go by the county road department off highway 41 between Hartford and Geneva to fill out an application.