ALABAMA MEMBERS SIGN ETHICS PLEDGE
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Subject: [patrickcrusade] Alabama --- Members sign ethics pledge
Notice who wanted permanent appointments:
Department of Human Resources - Bill Fuller (jobs)
Department of Corrections - Mike Haley (prisons)
Public Safety Director - Charles Andrews (safety)
Stay tuned for who is named for these positions in Alabama..(see separate email on who was named as Prison Commissioner).
"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking
we used when we created them." - Albert Einstein
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By Mike Cason
Gov. Bob Riley observes as John Harrison, new director of the Department of Economic and Community Affairs, signs an ethics agreement after being sworn in Tuesday with other Cabinet members.
-- Karen S. Doerr, Advertiser
Gov. Bob Riley swore in Cabinet members on his first day on the job and asked them to sign an ethics pledge that he used as a campaign issue.
Riley still has several key cabinet appointments to make. Six members of Gov. Don Siegelman's Cabinet are serving on an interim basis. Some are candidates to keep the jobs permanently.
Riley already has made another Siegelman appointee, Mental Health Commissioner Kathy Sawyer, a member of his team.
Department of Human Resources Commissioner Bill Fuller,
Department of Corrections Commissioner Mike Haley,
Medicaid Agency Director Mike Lewis,
Public Safety Director Charles Andrews,
Labor Department Director James Barnhart and
Alcoholic Beverage Control Board Administrator Randall Smith
are the other members of Siegelman's Cabinet who remained on the job during Riley's first day in office.
Fuller, Haley and Andrews said they wanted permanent appointments, while Lewis said he would do whatever the new governor wanted.
The Department of Corrections faces serious crowding, staffing and funding problems and must deal with several state and federal lawsuits.
"Gov. Riley has asked me if I would continue to serve as commissioner," Haley said Tuesday. "There was no time frame attached to it. I agreed. He's the governor, and it's his administration, and I'll certainly abide by and respect whatever decision he makes."
Asked if he wanted the job on a permanent basis, Haley said, "Yes, I'd like to keep it. This stuff gets in your blood."
Riley said he interviewed two candidates for corrections commissioner on Monday. Haley also has been interviewed.
David Azbell, Riley's press secretary, said the governor would name another Cabinet member today, but did not say what position it would be.
Fuller has served as DHR commissioner since he was appointed by Siegelman in July 2000. DHR is one of the state's largest agencies, with about 4,000 employees and a budget of about $1 billion, about 80 percent of which is federal dollars.
Like the prison system, it faces legal challenges. Fuller has won praise from a federal judge and the court monitor in a 14-year-old lawsuit against the state's child welfare system. Fuller has moved the state closer to completion of sweeping reforms related to that case.
Siegelman appointed Andrews to take over for Jim Alexander effective Jan. 1. Andrews, 47, is a 22-year veteran of the department.
Andrews said he's had one meeting with Bill Cabaniss, head of Riley's transition team, and hopes to keep the job.
"I will serve as long as he wants me there," Andrews said. "I'd like to be considered for it."
After the Cabinet members took their oaths in unison on Tuesday, Riley had each sign a pledge not to use their office for personal gain. Riley made ethics a campaign issue.
"We are going to bring a new level of integrity to Montgomery," he said.
Riley also gave each Cabinet member a reminder card to place on their desks, reading: "Before you buy it, bid it."
The cards are a reference to Riley's pledge to reduce the practice of no-bid state contracts. He made that a campaign issue against Siegelman.
Riley will appoint a commission to study possible changes to the state constitution and another commission to study education spending over the last 10 years. Both volunteer groups are to report within 120 days.
Riley said he expects to name those commissions today. They also were part of his campaign platform.