Gov. Bentley appoints Spencer Collier as Secretary of Law Enforcement

MONTGOMERY, Ala.- Governor Robert Bentley on Friday announced the appointment of HomelandSecurity Director Spencer Collier asSecretary of Law Enforcement.{}

The newly-created Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency was establishedby Senate Bill 108, which Governor Bentley recently signed into law as part ofa comprehensive effort to make government more efficient.{} SecretaryCollier will continue to serve as the Governor's Homeland SecurityDirector during the Law Enforcement Agency's planning and implementationphase, which will last through January 2015.

"Spencer Collier hasbeen a dedicated public servant for many years. {}He has served as mySenior Law Enforcement Advisor and worked tirelessly to help create the modelthat will better coordinate state-level law enforcement," GovernorBentley said. {}"He has the experience and qualifications necessaryto lead this new agency, and his work will benefit people all across thestate."

Collier has extensive experience in law enforcement in Alabama, having servedas Director of the Department of Homeland Security, a State Trooper in theAlabama Department of Public Safety, and in the Public SafetyDepartment's Special Operations Unit.{} He has been recognizednationally for expertise in Homeland Security by the Naval Postgraduate Center for HomelandDefense and Security. {}Collier also served two terms in the Alabama Houseof Representatives. {}He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in CriminalJustice from Troy University and is agraduate of the Alabama Criminal Justice Training Center.

"I'm extremely honored that Governor Bentley has selectedme for this position," Collier said.{} "I've spent myprofessional career working in and around law enforcement, and I'm fullycommitted to this new challenge.{} We have already made great strides inincreasing efficiency and coordination while eliminating duplications ofservices. {}I look forward to ensuring that we provide the best possiblepublic safety for the people of Alabamawhile being responsible with taxpayer dollars. {}We have one opportunity toassemble this new agency in the most efficient and productive manner, and I amcommitted to doing just that."

"The leadership, law enforcement officers and the employees ofthe Department of Public Safety look forward to working closely with SecretaryCollier during this critical transition period," said Colonel Hugh McCall of the Alabama Department ofPublic Safety.

"As the planning and implementation process begins, theEnforcement Division of the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board standsready and available to help Secretary Collier make this a smoothtransition," ABC Administrator Mac Gipson said.

"I know Secretary Collier will work closely with the employees atthe Department of Revenue to make sure the transition of our law enforcementfunctions is done in a way that will not disrupt services to Alabamians,"Revenue Commissioner Julie Magee said.

"Governor Bentley's vision of a more coordinated lawenforcement operation is one that I share. {}The Marine Police Divisionstaff and I will continue to work closely with Secretary Collier to make surethis transition is smooth and effective," Conservation and NaturalResources Commissioner Gunter Guysaid.

Collier's appointment is effective as of today, Friday, April 5.

Source:{} Release from the office of Governor Robert Bentley