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Friday, January 7, 2011

Gov.-Elect Bentley Appoints Faulkner, former Rep. Gipson and Keeps DHR's Buckner

Gov.-elect Robert Bentley is closer to filling in all the slots in his cabinet after making the following appointments Friday:

Art Faulkner, who is currently serving as director of the Alabama Department of Homeland Security, will head up the state Emergency Management Agency. Faulkner has over 22 years experience in local and state government. He served as police chief of Coosada for three years and as Elmore County’s 9-1-1 director and assistant EMA director for three years before moving to the state EMA in 1996 as head of the state 9-1-1 program. He will replace Riley appointee Brock Long.

“Art Faulkner is a dedicated public servant who brings over 20 years experience in local and state government. He understands emergency management and we are indeed fortunate that he will direct our EMA program," Bentley said in a press release Friday.

Faulkner also served as director of operations at EMA during 2002-2003 overseeing the day-to-day operations of the agency. In 2003 he joined the newly created State Department of Homeland Security. Faulkner continued to serve as state 9-1-1 coordinator as well as assistant to the director until being appointed director of the department.

Former State Rep. Mac Gipson, R-Prattville, will be the new administrator of the state Alcohol and Beverage Control Board. Gipson served four terms in the Alabama House of Representatives representing Autauga and Elmore counties before he was unseated during the 2010 election cycle. He will replace former Montgomery Mayor Emory Folmar, who was appointed by Riley.

“I have worked with Mac Gipson for the last eight years in the Alabama Legislature and I am confident he will provide the steady hand and the leadership we need for the ABC Board," Bentley said.

While a state legislator, Gipson served on the Travel and Tourism Committee and helped craft the state education budget as a member of the House Education Appropriations Committee.

Nancy Buckner will be re-appointed commissioner of the state Department of Human Resources.
She will continue to serve as commissioner until the seven-member DHR board, which includes Bentley as its chairman, confirms the appointment. Buckner has served as commissioner of the Department since September 2008. She has over 37 years experience in the human resources field including service at the Talladega County Department of Human Resources and as legislative liaison for the state DHR.

She was also St. Clair County Child Welfare Administrator and Calhoun County DHR Interim Director. In both positions, she directed the revamping of each county’s child welfare program.

“Nancy Buckner has done an outstanding job as Commissioner of DHR. Her 37 years of experience in human resources and her ability to achieve remarkable results managing our state DHR program convinced me we needed her continued leadership at DHR,” Bentley said.

-- Markeshia Ricks

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