Gov. Kay Ivey making another change in her cabinet | –

Jim Byard.JPGADECA Director Jim Byard

Gov. Kay Ivey is making another change in her cabinet.

The governor’s press office announced that Ivey is replacing Jim Byard as director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

“The Governor has identified a new director of ADECA who is to begin May 15. Director Jim Byard is cooperating with the transition,” Press Secretary Eileen Jones said in an email.

Byard issued a statement, reported by the Associated Press, wishing Ivey and her administration “all the best.”

“It has been an honor to serve as ADECA Director for the last six years. As the agency’s longest serving director, I am proud of the efforts ADECA has made to create jobs, improve infrastructure across Alabama and strengthen the quality of life for those we serve,” the statement said.

Ivey previously accepted the resignation of Jon Mason as director of SERVE Alabama and the resignation of Alabama Law Enforcement Secretary Stan Stabler, who retired.

Byard, Mason and Stabler had all served in the cabinet of former Gov. Robert Bentley. Byard had been ADECA director since Bentley began his first term in 2011. At the time Byard became ADECA director, he was serving his third term as mayor of Prattville.

Ivey replaced Bentley on April 10 when Bentley resigned as part of a deal with state prosecutors under which he pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors involving campaign finance funds.

At the time, lawmakers were considering impeachment charges against Bentley over allegations that he used law enforcement to try to hide evidence of an improper relationship with his former political adviser, Rebekah Mason, Jon Mason’s wife.

The Decatur Daily reported the replacement of Byard.


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