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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Gov.-Elect Bentley Makes Two Cabinet Announcements

Gov,-elect Robert Bentley has appointed Dr. R. Bob Mullins Jr., a general practice physician from Valley with nearly 40 years experience, as director of the Alabama Medicaid Agency. And he also will keep on Gov. Bob Riley-appointee and state Banking Department Superintendent John Harrison.

Bentley said he's known Mullins since they were growing up together in Columbiana.

“He is a family doctor of long standing and is eminently qualified to be Medicaid director," Bentley said in a statement. "He understands the issues our Medicaid agency faces from the provider side as well as the patient and health care institutions’ perspective. I have every confidence that Dr. Mullins is the right man for the job and will work with all those affected by our Medicaid agency."

Mullins is a 1968 graduate of the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He served two years as a military physician in the United States Army and began his private practice in Valley in 1973.

He also served as chairman of the Rural and Indigent Care Committee of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama (MASA), vice speaker and speaker of MASA’s House of Delegates and College of Counselors and delegate to the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates. He was president of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama in 2004-2005.

Bentley also announced Wednesday that John D. Harrison, a community banker and former Mayor of Luverne would continue in his role as superintendent of the State Banking Department.

Harrison served as director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs from 2003-2005 and was named banking superintendent in 2005.

“John Harrison has performed very admirably in his role as superintendent of the State Banking Department and I want him to continue in that important position,” Bentley said in a press release. “He is highly regarded in financial and banking circles. In this economic downturn we need someone in this important role who enjoys the confidence of fellow regulators, the financial community, and consumers."

-- posted by Markeshia Ricks

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