Bibb commissioners consider removing criminal history from job applications

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Macon-Bibb County is one step closer to removing criminal history from its job applications.

During Tuesday’s committee meeting, commissioners voted 3 to 2 in favor of the resolution.

Commissioner Al Tilman proposed it. He tells 41NBC, the idea came from the Council of State Governments Justice Center. The organization is pushing an effort to get resolutions like this passed across the nation.

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"If you’ve gone to jail and paid your debt to society, how long are we suppose to punish someone?" Tilman said.

Tillman is planning a town hall meeting on Thursday, but he has not decided on a location or time.

Commissioner Scotty Shepherd opposes the resolution. He tells 41NBC job applicants’ criminal history shows what they’ve done in the past and employers need to know that information.



"You certainly wouldn’t want a convicted child molester working in a child care place," Shepherd explains.

Commissioners will have a final vote during their regular commission meeting next Tuesday. Board members are encouraging residents to come out and share their thoughts.