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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Bedford: Chancellor Should Resign Immediately




State Sen. Roger Bedford, D-Russellville, said the Alabama Community College Chancellor Bradley Byrne should resign if he wants to run for the governor's seat.

"I want Chancellor Bradley Byrne to set an example," said Bedford, who was mulling over his own run at the governor's office, but decided against it. "I hope he will set a good example and resign immediately."

Beford said being the chancellor of the two-year college system is a full time job that pays Byrne hundreds of thousands of dollars. He said if Byrne doesn't step down as chancellor immediately and runs for governor while he's chancellor he would be a "double dipper." The chancellor said in his resignation letter to the state Board of Education that he would stay on as chancellor until Aug. 31 at the most to give the board a chance to look for his replacement.

Byrne, a former state Board of Education member and former state senator, announced his intentions to run for governor in Montgomery, just a few hours ahead of the press conference where Bedford made these remarks Wednesday.

Bedford might get his wish. The state Board of Education will meet Thursday, and Byrne's resignation is on the preliminary agenda as an action item.
-- posted by Markeshia Ricks

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