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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Bentley appoints more advisers

Gov.-elect Robert Bentley appointed several more key posts to his administration on Wednesday including policy director, legal advisor, communications director, and legislative director.
He appointed Michael Ciamarra of Trussville as policy director; Tuscaloosa attorney R. Cooper Shattuck as legal advisor; Bentley campaign press secretary Rebekah Caldwell Mason of Tuscaloosa as director of communications; and Allison A. Bell of Phoenix as legislative director.
Ciamarra, vice president of the Alabama Policy Institute, has 22 years of experience in public policy and legislative initiatives. He served as executive assistant and director of policy development from 1995 to 1999 for former Gov. Fob James.
Shattuck is a practicing attorney and shareholder with the law firm Rosen Hardwood, P.A. in Tuscaloosa, and is an associate pastor with the First United Methodist Church in Tuscaloosa. He also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama School of Law.
Mason served as press secretary during Bentley's 2010 campaign for governor. In 2003, she co-founded Caldwell Mason Marketing, an advertising agency providing marketing, public relations and media relations services for local and regional clients. She was a television news anchor and Tuscaloosa bureau chief for Birmingham-based WBRC television and served as news director and news anchor for Tuscaloosa television station WDBB.
Bell, a native of Alabama, has been the lead in-house lobbyist for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce since July 2008 and she oversees the chamber's legislative agenda at the state level and manages its public and political affairs programs. Before she joined the chamber, Bell was legislative associate at Stevens and Stevens P.C. of Phoenix. She managed the firm's day-to-day lobbying activities at the state capital. She was also an associate at DeMenna and Associates, a Phoenix-based governmental relations firm.

-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen

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