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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Riley continues to fill Cabinet positions

Even though Robert Bentley will be governor in two months, current Gov. Bob Riley continues to fill the positions left by his departing appointees.
Bentley, a Republican, can replace those Cabinet-level positions when he takes office in January.
On Tuesday, Riley's office announced the appointment of Robert D. Church Jr. as Medicaid director and Art Faulkner as director of the Alabama Department of Homeland Security. Both men were already top officials in those departments and were likely candidates.
Church, the chief financial officer at the agency, replaces Carol Steckel, who resigned earlier this month to become the executive director of health care reform for the state of Louisiana. He served as assistant deputy administrator for audit and recovery with the Mississippi Medicaid program before joining Alabama's agency in 2009. Prior to that, he worked as a Certified Public Accountant for 30 years.
Faulkner, the state's 9-1-1 coordinator, replaces Jim Walker, who left to pursue a job in the private sector.
Riley previously appointed Linda Swann as director of the Alabama Development Office, replacing Neal Wade, who left to pursue a job in Florida with his previous employer.

-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen

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