Bentley announces 5 key positions

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 13, 2011

MONTGOMERY — Gov.-elect Robert Bentley yesterday named a director for ADECA and announced four key staff positions for his new administration.

Prattville Mayor Jim Byard, Jr. will resign his position at the close of business on Mon., Jan. 17, and take office as the Director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) on Jan. 18. Prior to becoming mayor, he worked for the Alabama State Department of Transportation.

Michael Ciamarra of Trussville has been named the governor’s policy director; Tuscaloosa attorney R. Cooper Shattuck will serve as legal adviser; campaign press secretary Rebekah Caldwell Mason of Tuscaloosa will be named director of communications; and Allison A. Bell of Phoenix will become legislative director.

Bentley will take his oath of office Monday with events including a prayer breakfast, parade, swearing in ceremony and an inaugural ball.