MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Gov. Robert Bentley announced a new leader to take the helm of his troubled finance department.
Bentley on Friday named university administrator Clinton Carter as finance director. Carter previously served as deputy finance director in Bentley’s first term. Most recently, Carter served as vice president and chief financial officer for the University of North Alabama.
Carter is replacing Bill Newton who has served as acting finance director since 2013. Newton will return to his former merit position as assistant finance director.
The finance department has seen troubles lately. A bumpy roll-out of a new software program resulted in state vendors being paid late.
The FBI conducted an audit after Bentley informed them in June that several contract employees might have been “improperly granted access” to work on the state crime database. The state has been given the preliminary finding of the audit, but it has not been made public yet.
Bentley issued a statement praising both men.
“I am honored to have Clinton return to my administration and serve as my Finance Director. Clinton did an outstanding job when he served during my first term,” Bentley said.
Bentley said Newton had, “the right experience and knowledge to lead the Department of Finance until a permanent director was appointed.”