Ivey fires mental health commissioner

Published 2:09 am Saturday, July 1, 2017

Gov. Kay Ivey on Friday fired Mental Health Commissioner Jim Perdue.

“This is part of the on-going transition and evaluation of the current administration,” Ivey’s press secretary Eileen Jones told Al.com. “It was a business decision and not a personal one. A new commissioner has been identified and will be announced next week.”

Perdue said he didn’t know it was going to happen.

Perdue’s last day will be Fri., July 7.

Former Gov. Robert Bentley appointed Perdue in July 2015.

Prior to his appointment, Perdue served as probate judge in Crenshaw County for 12 years. He also is a former president of the South Central Alabama Mental Health Board.