Governor Robert Bentley today appointed 22 members to serve on the Alabama
Commission on Improving State Government.
Governor Bentley signed Executive Order Number Four creating
the Alabama Commission on Improving State Government on January 25, 2011. The
duty of the Commission is to work with the Legislature and the Governor’s
Policy Office to analyze and explore new ways to reduce government spending
with minimal or no reduction to essential state services.
The committee members include: Finance Director David Perry, Treasurer Young Boozer State Personnel
Director Jackie Graham, Auditor Sam Shaw, ADO Director Seth
Hammett, Mental Health Commissioner Zelia
Baugh, Ruffner Page, Mike Thompson, Charles McCrary, Tom
Hamby, Johnny Johns, John McMahon, Judy Bonner, Retired General Ed Crowell,
Will Sellers, Billy Powell, Alfred Seawright, Bill Wallace, and Greg Powell.
Ex-Officio members of the committee include Jim Williams,
Executive Director of the Public Affairs Research Institute, Gary Palmer,
President of the Alabama Policy Institute, and Leslie Meadows, Program Director
for Auburn University Montgomery’s Certified Public Manager Program.
“We are in challenging economic times and state government
must do what every Alabama
family is doing right now and that is find ways to cut back on spending,” said
Governor Bentley. “The members of this commission will take an in-depth look at
the current cost structure of every state agency and look for new and effective
ways to cut costs without cutting essential services. I appreciate their
willingness to serve and look forward to receiving their recommendations.”
Lt. Governor Kay Ivey will serve as Chairman of the
“I am honored to serve as Chairman of Governor Bentley’s
Commission on Improving State Government. This Commission will be focused in
its efforts. We will first review previous studies before undertaking others.
Further, I am committed to seeing that the results of this Commission can be
used and not simply “put on a bookshelf to draw dust.”
A preliminary report of recommendations by the Commission
will be delivered to Governor Bentley by June 1, 2011. Following action on
recommendations in the preliminary report, a comprehensive review will begin to
evaluate all branches of state government to identify additional
recommendations to improve efficiencies and reduce costs while protecting