Governor Bob Riley has appointed my longtime friend and former law partner, Jim Main, to the vacancy on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. Jim served with distinction as State Finance Director in the Riley Administration. The appointment was effective May 15th. When making the appointment of the Bullock County native, the Governor stated:
Jim Main’s commitment to public service, his work ethic, his legal background, his character, the unique perspective he’s gained from a diverse background, all these things make him absolutely the best choice for this judgeship. He will serve the people of Alabama well from this position of trust.
Perhaps Jim’s most important accomplishment as Finance Director was his attempt to transform the state’s budget process. That came about with the adoption of SMART Governing and it can take us into a new era insofar as state budgets are concerned. This concept has the potential to bring about an unprecedented level of accountability and transparency to the state’s budget process. In my opinion, state government will be more accountable and open because of Jim’s work in this important area.
Jim has served as State Finance Director since June 2004. Previously, he served as Senior Counsel to Governor Riley. He also served as Chief of Staff and Legal Advisor for Governor Fob James from 1997-1999. Jim was a partner in our firm for a number of years before joining the James Administration. He was a very good lawyer and I am confident that Jim will do an outstanding job on the Court. We all wish him the very best in this endeavor.
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