HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong announced today that he has asked prominent Huntsville attorney Mark McDaniel to serve as his Criminal Justice Advisor. McDaniel has previously served Chairman Strong as a Special Advisor to examine ways to reduce the inmate population and cost of the Huntsville/Madison County Metro Jail. Those efforts, along with the efforts of the District Attorney’s office, circuit clerk, alternative sentencing and our Judges, led to a streamlining of processes that contributed to a reduced jail population without any early releases saving Madison County taxpayers millions of dollars.
Strong has asked McDaniel to serve in this role as he begins to examine how our criminal justice system can meet the needs of a growing population and case load. “Just as we plan for our future regarding roads, economic development and utilities we must begin planning the future of our criminal justice system,” said Strong. “Madison County is recognized across Alabama for having the best Judges, Clerk’s Office and District Attorney and we routinely rank at the top of every performance measure – but we must plan for the growth in our community so that our system continues to run efficiently.”
The caseload for the Madison County court system is one of the highest in the state and will only increase with additional growth. Recent studies have shown that Huntsville is expected to pass Birmingham as the largest city in Alabama by 2022.
“We have announced 7000 new jobs in just the last 24 months with more on the way. With this new growth come new challenges to our criminal justice system,” said Strong. “Mark McDaniel has the unique set of experience and skills to help our community prepare for this challenge. He has thirty nine years of experience with all parts of our criminal justice system, he teaches law classes at Faulkner University and the University of Alabama-Huntsville and on the NASA Advisory Council he played a leading role in developing strategic plans for the agency under two Administrators.”
Mark McDaniel, a partner in the law firm of McDaniel and McDaniel Attorneys, was on hand for the announcement. “Our community has continued to grow and prosper because of leaders that have the vision to prepare us for the future. I am proud to join with Chairman Strong to ensure that our criminal justice system has the resources in place to handle these new challenges and serve the people of Madison County.”
McDaniel will work closely with Chairman Strong, Madison County District Attorney Rob Broussard and others around the country to develop recommendations for future staffing, record management technology, new programs and funding to keep our criminal justice system working efficiently. McDaniel, as in the previous appointment, will serve pro bono, at no expense to the taxpayers.
This news release was provided to WHNT News 19 by Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong’s office.