Gov. Bentley Appoints Jim Bennett as Secretary of State

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) — Governor Robert Bentley has appointed former Secretary of State Jim Bennett to his old position.

Bennett will replace current Secretary of State Beth Chapman, who last week announced her resignation to work in the private sector.

“Jim is a dedicated public servant,” Governor Bentley said in a news release.  “He was a trusted member of my cabinet where he served as Labor Commissioner until his retirement in 2012.  Having previously served as Secretary of State, Jim is uniquely qualified to lead the Secretary of State’s Office through the 2014 election cycle.  I know Jim will fight for every Alabamian’s right to vote.  I appreciate his willingness to serve and know he will be an honest and dedicated Secretary of State,” said Governor Bentley.

Bennett was appointed Secretary of State in 1993 and was elected to the position in 1994 and 1998.  He currently serves as Chairman of the Jacksonville State University Board of Trustees.

Bennett will not be a candidate for the position in 2014.  Governor Bentley praised Secretary of State Chapman for her service.

“Beth Chapman has done an outstanding job as Secretary of State, and I appreciate so much her public service to Alabama,” Governor Bentley said.  “She has always worked hard to protect everyone’s right to vote, especially our men and women who serve in the military.  I have the utmost respect for her.  Her honesty and integrity are above reproach.  I wish her the very best.”