Ala. Governor Names Medicaid, Homeland Chiefs

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley has filled two vacancies in his Cabinet - Medicaid commissioner and Homeland Security chief caused by administrators leaving near the end of his term.

Riley said Tuesday the chief financial officer of the state Medicaid Agency, Robert Church Jr., will serve as Medicaid commissioner. Church replaces Carol Steckel, who left to become executive director of health care reform for Louisiana.

Riley chose Alabama's state 911 coordinator, Art Faulkner, to serve as director of the Department of Homeland Security. He replaces Jim Walker, who left to pursue a career in the private sector.

Riley turns over the governor's office to Robert Bentley on Jan. 17.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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