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Who's Who Among Advisers, Cabinet Members
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Who's Who Among Advisers, Cabinet Members

BY David White

MONTGOMERY - Republican Gov.-elect Bob Riley so far has picked 14 white men, two black men, two white women and one black woman to become his top advisers and leaders of major state agencies. Riley will be sworn in Monday, and most of his Cabinet appointees start work this week. Some of Riley's appointees are retired corporate leaders. Riley, 58, is a businessman, too, owning a Clay County cattle farm and a trucking business. He has said he's a millionaire. Some are old friends or former campaign workers. Riley has yet to appoint people to lead departments overseeing children's affairs, state troopers, prisons, Medicaid, labor and human resources. The governor-elect said he hopes to fill at least some of those posts by Thursday, but he wants to make sure he gets the best people possible. Some state department heads, such as the state health officer and personnel director, are appointed by boards rather than the governor. A board also hires the human resources commissioner, but the governor chairs that board and traditionally has a big say in who the commissioner will be. Here are biographical sketches of Riley's appointees so far: Press secretary David Azbell Salary: $73,000. Born: Dec. 17, 1968. Hometown: Montgomery. Education: Studied political science and journalism, University of Alabama, 1987-91, did not graduate. Professional experience: Press secretary for Riley's campaign, 2002; deputy secretary of state, 1999-2002; deputy press secretary for Gov. Fob James, 1997-99; personal aide and spokesman for former Gov. George Wallace, 1995-97. Political experience: Has not held public office. Emergency management director Bruce Baughman Salary: $76,336. [He will be paid at a rate of $140,000 a year by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the next eight months, until he retires from federal service.] Born: July 22, 1948. Hometown: Oceanside, Calif.; lived many years in Mississippi, now in northern Virginia. Education: Bachelor's degree in history, Belhaven College in Jackson, Miss., 1971; master's in education, Mississippi State University, 1978; graduated from a program for senior executives, Harvard University. Professional experience: Stepping down as director of FEMA's Office of National Preparedness; worked for FEMA, 1979-present; worked for emergency management agency in Mississippi, 1975-79; Marine artillery officer, 1971-75. Political experience: Has not held public office. Insurance commissioner Walter Bell Salary: $76,336. Born: Oct. 1, 1943. Hometown: Mobile. Education: Bachelor's degree in general studies, concentration in finance, Spring Hill College, Mobile, 1983. Professional experience: Worked for The MONY Group, a life insurance company based in New York City, 1983-2002, including as national director of emerging markets and vice president for diversity marketing; previously worked in retail banking with First National Bank of Mobile; holds a partnership interest in a Mobile minor league baseball team. Political experience: Has not held public office. Head of the Alabama National Guard C. Mark Bowen Salary: $76,336. Born: Feb. 21, 1940. Hometown: Lives on a 300-acre cattle farm near Barfield. Education: Bachelor's degree in pharmacy, Auburn University, 1964; graduated, Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, 1985. Professional experience: Served 44 years in Alabama's Army National Guard, retired as a major general in 167th Logistical Support Command, 2000; owned Lineville Clinic Pharmacy and Wadley Clinic Pharmacy for about 30 years, sold three years ago. Political experience: Eight years on the Clay County school board, is resigning to work for Riley. Revenue commissioner Dwight Carlisle Jr. Salary: $76,336. Born: Nov. 7, 1935. Hometown: Alexander City. Education: Bachelor's degree in textile engineering, Auburn University, 1958. Professional experience: Retired from Russell Corp. as chief executive officer, 1991; had worked at Russell since the 1950s. Political experience: Has not held public office. Head of senior services Irene Collins Salary: $76,336. Born: July 2, 1942. Hometown: Birmingham; lives near Columbiana. Education: Bachelor's degree in health services administration, LaSalle University in Mandeville, La., 2002. Professional experience: Executive director of the Jefferson County Council of Aging, 1996-present; previously owned a travel agency and bridal salon in Birmingham. Political experience: Has not held public office. Director of economic and community affairs John Harrison Salary: $76,336. Born: Dec. 27, 1944. Hometown: Grew up in Selma; has lived in Luverne for 30 years. Education: Bachelor's degree in business administration and marketing, Troy State University, 1967; Louisiana State University's Graduate School of Banking of the South, 1988. Professional experience: President and chief executive officer of First Citizens Bank in Luverne, 1983-last week; member of the bank's board of directors; owner and president of Crenshaw Land and Timber Co. Political experience: Elected mayor of Luverne 1988, re-elected 1992, 1996 and 2000. Plans to resign before taking his new job. Superintendent of banks Anthony Humphries Salary: $132,000. Born: May 13, 1955 Hometown: Louisville, Ky.; lives in Oxford. Education: Bachelor's degree in political science, Auburn University, 1977; Louisiana State University's Graduate School of Banking of the South, 1988. Professional experience: President and co-owner of TRI Staffing Inc. since 2001; chief executive officer, SouthTrust Bank of Calhoun County, 1997-2001; worked at AmSouth Bank, 1983-97, including as commercial banking sales manager for northeast Alabama; worked in commercial loan department of what is now SouthTrust Bank, 1977-83. Political experience: Has not held public office. Industrial relations director Phyllis Kennedy Salary: $105,000. Born: July 21, 1940. Hometown: Titus. Education: Bachelor's degree in home economics, from what is now Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, 1962. Professional experience: Retired after nine years as Alabama state director of the National Federation of Inde pendent Business; previously NFIB's Southeast regional public affairs coordinator in Atlanta; district director in Atlanta for former U.S. Rep. Elliott Levitas, D-Ga., 1981-84. Political experience: Has not held public office. Governor's legal adviser Troy King Salary: $88,000. Born: Aug. 22, 1968. Hometown: Elba; lives in Montgomery. Education: Bachelor's degree in history and social science, Troy State University, 1990; law degree, University of Alabama, 1994. Professional experience: Assistant attorney general since 1999; assistant legal adviser, deputy legal adviser or deputy chief of staff for Gov. Fob James, 1995-99. Political experience: Lost Republican primary for secretary of state, 2002. Conservation and natural resources commissioner Barnett Lawley Salary: $76,336. Born: Aug. 23, 1945. Hometown: Pell City. Education: Bachelor's degree in business administration, Auburn University, 1967. Professional experience: Retired president and former owner of M.B. Lawley Inc., gasoline and convenience store company; former president, Alabama Oilmen's Association; served six years on the board of directors, Alabama Wildlife Federation; has been active in Ducks Unlimited and the National Turkey Federation. Political experience: Has not held public office. Transportation director Joe McInnes Salary: $76,336. Born: March 7, 1943. Hometown: Wetumpka; lives in Montgomery. Education: Bachelor's degree in chemistry, University of Alabama, 1966; law degree, Jones Law School, 1974. Professional experience: Retired as executive vice president, chief administrative officer and corporate secretary of Blount International Inc. in Montgomery, 1999; chairman of Blount Cultural Park in Montgomery. Political experience: Has not held public office. Finance director Drayton Nabers Jr. Salary: $76,336. Born: Dec. 2, 1940. Hometown: Birmingham. Education: Bachelor's degree in religion and English, Princeton University, 1962; law degree, Yale University, 1965. Professional experience: Recently resigned as chairman, Protective Life Corp., to become finance director; worked at Protective Life starting in 1979 ; Cabaniss Johnston Gardner Dumas & O'Neal law firm, 1967-1979. Political experience: Has not held public office. Legislative affairs director Quentin Riggins Salary: $76,336. Born: April 14, 1968. Hometown: Montgomery. Education: Bachelor's degree in marketing and distributive education, Auburn University, 1992. Professional experience: Legislative analyst, Alabama House Speaker Seth Hammett, 1999-last week; previously a legislative liaison for Gov. Fob James; sideline reporter, Auburn Network radio broadcasts football games, since 1991. Political experience: Has not held public office. Chief of staff Toby Roth Salary: $98,000. Born: March 4, 1968. Hometown: Muskogee, Okla.; lives in Montgomery. Education: Bachelor's degree in political science, the University of Alabama, 1990; law degree, College of William and Mary, in 1993. Professional experience: Campaign manager for Riley, 2002; vice president for advancement, Business Council of Alabama, 2001-02; Alabama director of Citizens for a Sound Economy, a conservative national lobby, 1998-2001; manager of political affairs, BCA, 1996-98; finance director, Justice Harold See's campaign, 1996; previously practiced law with Birmingham lawyer Ottie Akers. Political experience: Has not held public office. Mental health and retardation commissioner Kathy Sawyer Salary: $122,446. Born: Jan. 20, 1954. Hometown: Montgomery. Education: Bachelor's degree in social welfare, University of Alabama, 1975; master's in social work, UA, 1976. Professional experience: Commissioner, Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, since 1999; director of advocacy office for people served by the department, 1985-99; regional coordinator for communitybased programs for mentally retarded people in north Alabama, 1977-85; child protective services worker in Arizona, 1976-77. Political experience: Has not held public office. Tourism and travel director Lee Sentell Salary: $76,336. Born: April 8, 1944. Hometown: Ashland. Education: Bachelor's degree in communications, Auburn University, 1967. Professional experience: Director of tourism, Huntsville Convention and Visitors Bureau, since 1991; worked 10 years as marketing director, U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville; 12 years as reporter and editor, The Decatur Daily. Political experience: Has not held public office. Senior adviser and counselor Dalton Smith Salary: $88,000. Born: July 30, 1965. Hometown: Birmingham. Education: Bachelor's degree in economics, Auburn University, 1987; law degree, University of Alabama, 1990. Professional experience: Bob Riley's campaign policy director, 2002; partner, SVG Properties; policy analyst, Empower America, a conservative policy group, 1993-95; legislative assistant to then-U.S. Sen. Howell Heflin, 1991-93. Political experience: Has not held public office. State development director Neal Wade Salary: $130,000. Born: Nov. 8, 1946. Hometown: Monroeville. Education: Bachelor's degree in history, Samford University, 1969. Professional experience: Vice president for economic development, The St. Joe Co., a timber and real estate development company in Florida, since 2000; president, Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, 1991-2000; corporate communications executive, Alabama Power Co., 1978-91. Political experience: Has not held public office

01/19/2003
WHO'S WHO AMONG ADVISERS, CABINET MEMBERS
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WHO'S WHO AMONG ADVISERS, CABINET MEMBERS

BY DAVID WHITE

MONTGOMERY - Republican Gov.-elect Bob Riley so far has picked 14 white men, two black men, two white women and one black woman to become his top advisers and leaders of major state agencies. Riley will be sworn in Monday, and most of his Cabinet appointees start work this week. Some of Riley's appointees are retired corporate leaders. Riley, 58, is a businessman, too, owning a Clay County cattle farm and a trucking business. He has said he's a millionaire. Some are old friends or former campaign workers. Riley has yet to appoint people to lead departments overseeing children's affairs, state troopers, prisons, Medicaid, labor and human resources. The governor-elect said he hopes to fill at least some of those posts by Thursday, but he wants to make sure he gets the best people possible. Some state department heads, such as the state health officer and personnel director, are appointed by boards rather than the governor. A board also hires the human resources commissioner, but the governor chairs that board and traditionally has a big say in who the commissioner will be. Here are biographical sketches of Riley's appointees so far: Press secretary David Azbell Salary: $73,000. Born: Dec. 17, 1968. Hometown: Montgomery. Education: Studied political science and journalism, University of Alabama, 1987-91, did not graduate. Professional experience: Press secretary for Riley's campaign, 2002; deputy secretary of state, 1999-2002; deputy press secretary for Gov. Fob James, 1997-99; personal aide and spokesman for former Gov. George Wallace, 1995-97. Political experience: Has not held public office. Emergency management director Bruce Baughman Salary: $76,336. [He will be paid at a rate of $140,000 a year by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the next eight months, until he retires from federal service.] Born: July 22, 1948. Hometown: Oceanside, Calif.; lived many years in Mississippi, now in northern Virginia. Education: Bachelor's degree in history, Belhaven College in Jackson, Miss., 1971; master's in education, Mississippi State University, 1978; graduated from a program for senior executives, Harvard University. Professional experience: Stepping down as director of FEMA's Office of National Preparedness; worked for FEMA, 1979-present; worked for emergency management agency in Mississippi, 1975-79; Marine artillery officer, 1971-75. Political experience: Has not held public office. Insurance commissioner Walter Bell Salary: $76,336. Born: Oct. 1, 1943. Hometown: Mobile. Education: Bachelor's degree in general studies, concentration in finance, Spring Hill College, Mobile, 1983. Professional experience: Worked for The MONY Group, a life insurance company based in New York City, 1983-2002, including as national director of emerging markets and vice president for diversity marketing; previously worked in retail banking with First National Bank of Mobile; holds a partnership interest in a Mobile minor league baseball team. Political experience: Has not held public office. Head of the Alabama National Guard C. Mark Bowen Salary: $76,336. Born: Feb. 21, 1940. Hometown: Lives on a 300-acre cattle farm near Barfield. Education: Bachelor's degree in pharmacy, Auburn University, 1964; graduated, Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, 1985. Professional experience: Served 44 years in Alabama's Army National Guard, retired as a major general in 167th Logistical Support Command, 2000; owned Lineville Clinic Pharmacy and Wadley Clinic Pharmacy for about 30 years, sold three years ago. Political experience: Eight years on the Clay County school board, is resigning to work for Riley. Revenue commissioner Dwight Carlisle Jr. Salary: $76,336. Born: Nov. 7, 1935. Hometown: Alexander City. Education: Bachelor's degree in textile engineering, Auburn University, 1958. Professional experience: Retired from Russell Corp. as chief executive officer, 1991; had worked at Russell since the 1950s. Political experience: Has not held public office. Head of senior services Irene Collins Salary: $76,336. Born: July 2, 1942. Hometown: Birmingham; lives near Columbiana. Education: Bachelor's degree in health services administration, LaSalle University in Mandeville, La., 2002. Professional experience: Executive director of the Jefferson County Council of Aging, 1996-present; previously owned a travel agency and bridal salon in Birmingham. Political experience: Has not held public office. Director of economic and community affairs John Harrison Salary: $76,336. Born: Dec. 27, 1944. Hometown: Grew up in Selma; has lived in Luverne for 30 years. Education: Bachelor's degree in business administration and marketing, Troy State University, 1967; Louisiana State University's Graduate School of Banking of the South, 1988. Professional experience: President and chief executive officer of First Citizens Bank in Luverne, 1983-last week; member of the bank's board of directors; owner and president of Crenshaw Land and Timber Co. Political experience: Elected mayor of Luverne 1988, re-elected 1992, 1996 and 2000. Plans to resign before taking his new job. Superintendent of banks Anthony Humphries Salary: $132,000. Born: May 13, 1955 Hometown: Louisville, Ky.; lives in Oxford. Education: Bachelor's degree in political science, Auburn University, 1977; Louisiana State University's Graduate School of Banking of the South, 1988. Professional experience: President and co-owner of TRI Staffing Inc. since 2001; chief executive officer, SouthTrust Bank of Calhoun County, 1997-2001; worked at AmSouth Bank, 1983-97, including as commercial banking sales manager for northeast Alabama; worked in commercial loan department of what is now SouthTrust Bank, 1977-83. Political experience: Has not held public office. Industrial relations director Phyllis Kennedy Salary: $105,000. Born: July 21, 1940. Hometown: Titus. Education: Bachelor's degree in home economics, from what is now Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, 1962. Professional experience: Retired after nine years as Alabama state director of the National Federation of Inde pendent Business; previously NFIB's Southeast regional public affairs coordinator in Atlanta; district director in Atlanta for former U.S. Rep. Elliott Levitas, D-Ga., 1981-84. Political experience: Has not held public office. Governor's legal adviser Troy King Salary: $88,000. Born: Aug. 22, 1968. Hometown: Elba; lives in Montgomery. Education: Bachelor's degree in history and social science, Troy State University, 1990; law degree, University of Alabama, 1994. Professional experience: Assistant attorney general since 1999; assistant legal adviser, deputy legal adviser or deputy chief of staff for Gov. Fob James, 1995-99. Political experience: Lost Republican primary for secretary of state, 2002. Conservation and natural resources commissioner Barnett Lawley Salary: $76,336. Born: Aug. 23, 1945. Hometown: Pell City. Education: Bachelor's degree in business administration, Auburn University, 1967. Professional experience: Retired president and former owner of M.B. Lawley Inc., gasoline and convenience store company; former president, Alabama Oilmen's Association; served six years on the board of directors, Alabama Wildlife Federation; has been active in Ducks Unlimited and the National Turkey Federation. Political experience: Has not held public office. Transportation director Joe McInnes Salary: $76,336. Born: March 7, 1943. Hometown: Wetumpka; lives in Montgomery. Education: Bachelor's degree in chemistry, University of Alabama, 1966; law degree, Jones Law School, 1974. Professional experience: Retired as executive vice president, chief administrative officer and corporate secretary of Blount International Inc. in Montgomery, 1999; chairman of Blount Cultural Park in Montgomery. Political experience: Has not held public office. Finance director Drayton Nabers Jr. Salary: $76,336. Born: Dec. 2, 1940. Hometown: Birmingham. Education: Bachelor's degree in religion and English, Princeton University, 1962; law degree, Yale University, 1965. Professional experience: Recently resigned as chairman, Protective Life Corp., to become finance director; worked at Protective Life starting in 1979 ; Cabaniss Johnston Gardner Dumas & O'Neal law firm, 1967-1979. Political experience: Has not held public office. Legislative affairs director Quentin Riggins Salary: $76,336. Born: April 14, 1968. Hometown: Montgomery. Education: Bachelor's degree in marketing and distributive education, Auburn University, 1992. Professional experience: Legislative analyst, Alabama House Speaker Seth Hammett, 1999-last week; previously a legislative liaison for Gov. Fob James; sideline reporter, Auburn Network radio broadcasts football games, since 1991. Political experience: Has not held public office. Chief of staff Toby Roth Salary: $98,000. Born: March 4, 1968. Hometown: Muskogee, Okla.; lives in Montgomery. Education: Bachelor's degree in political science, the University of Alabama, 1990; law degree, College of William and Mary, in 1993. Professional experience: Campaign manager for Riley, 2002; vice president for advancement, Business Council of Alabama, 2001-02; Alabama director of Citizens for a Sound Economy, a conservative national lobby, 1998-2001; manager of political affairs, BCA, 1996-98; finance director, Justice Harold See's campaign, 1996; previously practiced law with Birmingham lawyer Ottie Akers. Political experience: Has not held public office. Mental health and retardation commissioner Kathy Sawyer Salary: $122,446. Born: Jan. 20, 1954. Hometown: Montgomery. Education: Bachelor's degree in social welfare, University of Alabama, 1975; master's in social work, UA, 1976. Professional experience: Commissioner, Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, since 1999; director of advocacy office for people served by the department, 1985-99; regional coordinator for communitybased programs for mentally retarded people in north Alabama, 1977-85; child protective services worker in Arizona, 1976-77. Political experience: Has not held public office. Tourism and travel director Lee Sentell Salary: $76,336. Born: April 8, 1944. Hometown: Ashland. Education: Bachelor's degree in communications, Auburn University, 1967. Professional experience: Director of tourism, Huntsville Convention and Visitors Bureau, since 1991; worked 10 years as marketing director, U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville; 12 years as reporter and editor, The Decatur Daily. Political experience: Has not held public office. Senior adviser and counselor Dalton Smith Salary: $88,000. Born: July 30, 1965. Hometown: Birmingham. Education: Bachelor's degree in economics, Auburn University, 1987; law degree, University of Alabama, 1990. Professional experience: Bob Riley's campaign policy director, 2002; partner, SVG Properties; policy analyst, Empower America, a conservative policy group, 1993-95; legislative assistant to then-U.S. Sen. Howell Heflin, 1991-93. Political experience: Has not held public office. State development director Neal Wade Salary: $130,000. Born: Nov. 8, 1946. Hometown: Monroeville. Education: Bachelor's degree in history, Samford University, 1969. Professional experience: Vice president for economic development, The St. Joe Co., a timber and real estate development company in Florida, since 2000; president, Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, 1991-2000; corporate communications executive, Alabama Power Co., 1978-91. Political experience: Has not held public office.

01/19/2003
RILEY'S CHIEF OF STAFF, 34, CONSIDERED MATURE, SMART
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RILEY'S CHIEF OF STAFF, 34, CONSIDERED MATURE, SMART

BY DAVID WHITE

MONTGOMERY - Tobin Bernard "Toby" Roth rubbed elbows 18 years ago with President Reagan, Vice President Bush and other Republican stars such as Bob Dole, Jack Kemp and Phil Gramm, and it changed his life. The 16-year-old student volunteer at the Republican National Convention decided then and there that politics would be a big part of his future. Last week he flew to Washington, where he met Colin Powell, John Ashcroft, Tom Ridge, Gale Norton, Christine Todd Whitman, Rod Paige and other top presidential advisers, including chief of staff Andrew Card This time, he met them as a professional. Roth traveled as Gov.-elect Bob Riley's new chief of staff to attend briefings that President Bush's Cabinet held for incoming governors. Page 2A 1A Roth said he and Riley are negotiating a salary, something in the $80,000 to $100,000 range, for when he takes his position next month. But Roth, who also was Riley's campaign director, already is playing a big role in Riley's administration, helping him interview candidates for his Cabinet and other senior staff positions. Riley said he wants Roth to act as his chief operating officer, "to make sure policy is implemented, that schedules are taken care of, and that communications allow you to get your message to the people." He also said he wants Roth to be "an integral part" of setting policy. "He's one of the smartest people I know," Riley said. Roth has been a lawyer operating in private practice and has worked with the Business Council of Alabama and the Citizens for a Sound Economy, which bills itself as campaigning against "big government bureaucrats," "greedy trial lawyers" and "tax-and-spend liberals." Roth calls himself a fiscal and social conservative who believes in limited government. He sees himself as Riley's co-pilot and right-hand man, the one who will chair Cabinet meetings in Riley's absence and oversee staff operations. Once Riley decides on a position, after talking with top aides, Roth would be the one to step in if someone publicly broke with that view, he said. "After we have talked through the issue of the day and reach agreement on what the administration's perspective will be, then that's when I expect harmony. When I need to drop the hammer, I will." The age factor So can a 34-year-old, young enough to be a son to Riley, who is 58, handle the day-to-day operations of a Cabinet and staff filled with dozens of talented, experienced people? Roth says age has been an issue before when he's been hired for jobs, "and I've succeeded. There are more important issues, in terms of commitment, work ethic, your professionalism." Bill O'Connor, who as president of the BCA in 2001 hired Roth to oversee membership and fund raising, said, "Toby was born old. "While he has a sense of humor, he's serious-minded and pays attention to detail, all important assets for a chief of staff." Roth's father doesn't think his age will be a problem, either. "He's always been extremely mature, even when he was just a little kid," said Bob Roth, a New York Life agent in Muskogee, Okla. "You'd just tell him to do something one time. Nobody ever had to light a fire under him to do well. " Montgomery trial lawyer and former lieutenant governor Jere Beasley, who has been at the other end of barbs hurled by Citizens for a Sound Economy under Roth, said Roth's relative youth could cause slight problems at first. "It depends how he functions," Beasley said. "If he proves to be capable, I think everyone will say, 'OK.' If not, he won't be there long." Political heritage Born in Wichita, Kan., Roth moved with his family a few times before settling in Muskogee when he was 7. He said his father and mother, a stay-athome mom most of the years he and his older sister were growing up, instilled a strong sense of right and wrong in their children. "I do think our society's sense of right and wrong has gotten a little gray," Roth said. "I'm very appreciative to my parents." One of his great-grandfathers served in the Kansas Legislature. His dad's mother, a Democrat, ran in her 60s for mayor of Goodland, Kan. Roth played trombone at Muskogee High School. His father said Roth was valedictorian when he graduated in 1986, winning a scholarship to the University of Alabama. He graduated in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in political science. Three years later, he earned a law degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. Roth and his wife of 11 years, Michelle, live in Montgomery and have three daughters. He and his family attend First United Methodist Church in Montgomery. Roth said, "I am a Christian. I am someone who holds my faith very dearly." First Methodist senior pastor Karl Stegall said Roth chaired the church's work area on evangelism this year, sits on its administrative board and is active in the church on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. "He's very strong in his Christian faith," Stegall said, adding that Roth has a keen mind and warm heart. After law school, Roth practiced with Birmingham lawyer Ottie Akers until October 1995, when Harold See hired him to be finance director of his successful 1996 run for the Alabama Supreme Court. Roth said he took a big pay cut but wanted to work in politics. See called Roth "a fine young man. He works hard, he deals well with people. He's pleasant, he's considerate. "He's a respectful, decent person," See said. "He's not going to work for someone he doesn't believe in." Roth joined the Business Council as its manager of political affairs in December 1996. He left to be Alabama director for Citizens for a Sound Economy, a job he held from January 1998 to January 2001. Marty Reiser, vice president of public affairs for Citizens for a Sound Economy in Washington, was Roth's boss when he worked for the group. "He'd find lots of different ways to get things done," Reiser said. "If we needed a rally on the state Capitol steps, he'd do that. If we needed letters from business leaders, he'd get that done." Beasley said insurance, tobacco and pharmaceutical companies finance the group, which ran TV ads in Alabama that pounded Democrats and trial lawyers. CSE spokesmen said they don't publicize their donors. Roth, Beasley said, is: "Capable. Smart. Apparently a hard worker. He was a hired hand for them. He just did what he was told to do. "I don't think he was ever rude," Beasley said. "I think he was wrong." Stands on issues Roth said he still supports many of CSE's big issues. He would favor a flat federal income tax that imposed the same tax rate on the rich and middleclass alike, with the first $33,000 or so of a family's income exempt. Roth said he supports school choice and the idea of state vouchers that could help pay students' private-school tuition. He opposes lotteries on moral grounds, saying they hurt the poor people who tend to play them most. He also favors lower taxes, less government and less regulation. "I am an advocate of limited government," Roth said. But he said the problem of a big, intrusive government is much greater at the federal level. "At the state level, I don't think it's to as great a degree an issue," Roth said. "But any attempt to raise taxes, any attempt to increase the size of government should be skeptically considered. That does not mean it should be ruled out." When he left CSE in January 2001, Roth returned to the Business Council of Alabama as vice president for advancement, overseeing membership, endowment and BCA's political action committee. "He's a very straight shooter," O'Connor said. "You have a question and you'll get a direct response. " Roth left that job to become Riley's campaign director in June and agreed to be his chief of staff a few weeks ago. "Toby's one of those unique people who come around every once in a while who has a great work ethic combined with a really bright mind," Riley said. "I'm excited about the potential he adds to our Cabinet." Roth said he's committed to Riley, who has been in Congress since January 1997, and supports the changes on ethics, tax reform and other issues that Riley outlined in his "Plan for Change." "I'm a realist," Roth said. "I know it's going to be difficult. I feel I do bring the background here of having a pretty good idea of how things work in and around Montgomery to help him navigate the shoals." "It was an honor to be asked to do this," Roth said.

12/22/2002
Riley's Campaign Director Will Be Chief of Staff
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Riley's Campaign Director Will Be Chief of Staff

BY Kim Chandler

TUSCALOOSA - Republican Gov.-elect Bob Riley on Wednesday named his campaign director and former business lobbyist, Toby Roth, as his chief of staff. Roth, 34, had long been considered a contender for a top job in the new administration. He is Riley's first Cabinet appointment. "I have been impressed in everything that he has done for me over the last few months," Riley said Wednesday. "Toby is one of the most capable, dependable and talented individuals that I have had the opportunity to work with, and the people of Al abama will benefit greatly from his service to the state." The chief of staff typically is the hub of any governor's administration, and Roth said he will be involved in the selection of people to fill other Cabinet positions. Though relatively young, Roth has been working in Alabama's political arena for more than six Roth, Page 5B 1B years for conservative groups and candidates. He was the vice president of advancement for the Business Council of Alabama from 2001 to 2002, where he oversaw the group's membership and endowment programs. He was the first director of Citizens for a Sound Economy, a nonprofit or ganization that promotes lower taxes and less government. He also served as BCA's manager of political affairs from 1996 to 1997 and was finance director of Harold See's 1996 campaign for the Alabama Supreme Court. Many business groups were squarely in Riley's corner in the campaign against Gov. Don Siegelman. The BCA broke a longstanding tradition of neutrality to back Riley. Roth has a political science degree from the University of Alabama and a law degree from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. "He's got the background to understand government, the Legislature and all that's involved," former BCA President Bill O'Connor said. "Toby has unquestioned integrity. He's open. He's a pragmatist. He's numbers-oriented, and he's an excellent appointment." Roth, who is white, and Riley said they were trying to make sure the Cabinet is diverse in gender and race. "It is certainly a top consideration," Roth said. Roth said he and Riley were negotiating a salary. Siegelman Chief of Staff Jim Buckalew makes $84,000 a year. Riley said the entire Cabinet would be in place before his Jan. 20 inauguration. For the Department of Human Resources, Roth said the Riley team has talked with current DHR Commissioner Bill Fuller and former Commissioner Tony Petelos, who served under Siegelman and Gov. Fob James. Fuller said Wednesday that he would be interested in remaining at DHR to finish a long-running overhaul of the state's child welfare system. "These are dynamic times at DHR," Fuller said.

12/05/2002
State Treasurer
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State Treasurer

State treasurer The pay: $66,722 The duties: Custodian for all state funds and responsible for paying state debts. DEMOCRATS

06/02/2002
NEED TO USE OUTSIDE LAWYERS SENDS JUDICIAL BUDGET SOARING
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NEED TO USE OUTSIDE LAWYERS SENDS JUDICIAL BUDGET SOARING

BY STAN BAILEY

MONTGOMERY - The state Judicial Inquiry Commission's budget ballooned by almost 75 percent last budget year, fueled mostly by expenses to prosecute and defend itself against cases stemming from the 2000 elections. A Birmingham law firm is charging more than $115,000 for helping to prosecute Justice Harold See on ethics charges and for defending the commission in See's federal lawsuit.

11/19/2001
READERS' OPINIONS
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BY Twinkle Andress

Gardendale Media misconstrue new court rules News articles about the Alabama Supreme Court's amended rules for judicial disciplinary proceedings overlooked the great need for these changes and, worse, quoted questionable sources. In changing rules at the Court of the Judiciary, the Supreme Court recognized that disciplinary proceedings, like criminal trials, should require a unanimous verdict, not a majority vote.

10/18/2001
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BY Mark White

Lawyer concerned for court integrity I don't recall ever writing an official letter to the editor before, but then again, I don't recall ever being attacked by a person named Twinkle before, either. I want you to know the following: Bill Bowen and I are not members of the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association but have on a couple of occasions in the past had the privilege of representing the organization.

10/18/2001
BUSINESS CALENDAR
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BUSINESS CALENDAR

MONDAY Birmingham Sales and Marketing Executives Association. Luncheon meeting, 11:30 a.m., The Harbert Center, Bruno Hall, 2019 Fourth Ave. North, $10 for first-time guests. Lyndy Rogers, Financial Solutions Group-NCR account director, will present "Your Most Important Customers: Managing Major Account Relationships." Reservations, Janet Ellis, 803-1200 or e-mail smebhm@aol.com. IntraState Parliamentary. Workshop, "Streamlining Your Meeting," 10 a.m., Assistance League of Birmingham, 1755 Oxmoor Road, Homewood. Information, Nell Williams, 870-4554. National Safety Council, Alabama Chapter. Course, Safety Management Techniques, MondayFriday, 2168 Green Springs Highway. Information, 328-7233 or 1-800-457-7233. Tipmasters South of Birmingham. Lunch meeting, 11:45 a.m., Damon's Restaurant, 1901 Hoover Court, Hoover. Business referrals and networking. Information, George Griffin, 802-9240 or Andrew Burke, 969-3000. Toastmasters International, Vulcan Voices Chapter. Meeting, 6 p.m., So

10/07/2001
Rally Set for Bedford's District
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Rally Set for Bedford's District

Alabama Citizens for a Sound Economy, a conservative group that touts lower taxes and less government, has scheduled an anti-corruption rally Saturday in the legislative district of state Sen. Roger Bedford. The group's state director, Twinkle Andress, former executive director of the Alabama Republican Party, said the rally will include barbecue and live bluegrass music. It begins at 5 p.m. in the Marion County town of Brilliant, on the farm property at 12108 Alabama 233.

08/16/2001

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