Gov. Kay Ivey on Friday announced the permanent promotions of two acting agency directors in her Cabinet.
Chris Blankenship will serve as Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources and Hal Taylor will serve as secretary of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.
“Since I appointed Chris Blankenship as acting conservation commissioner and Hal Taylor as acting ALEA secretary, both men have proven beyond any doubt their abilities to effectively lead their respective agencies,” Ivey said in a news release. “I am proud to appoint both men to serve permanently in their particular roles.
“From effectively working to extend the red snapper season, to protecting Alabama’s natural resources, Chris Blankenship has made it clear he can lead the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources long-term,” Ivey said. “I am proud to have Chris as part of my team.”
Blankenship was appointed acting conservation commissioner on June 1. He most recently served as the deputy commissioner and as director of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' Marine Resources Division from 2011 to 2017. He has worked at the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources since 1994, when he was hired as a conservation enforcement officer.
Taylor was appointed as acting secretary of ALEA on April 12. He most recently served as the deputy chief of staff for the state Bureau of Investigations and ALEA chief of staff beginning in 2014. Before that, Taylor worked for the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board since 1992. There he held multiple positions, including executive security and assistant director of the enforcement division.
“Alabama’s law enforcement efforts must be handled with precision and integrity; Hal Taylor’s leadership ensures that happens. Hal is ably leading the men and women who serve our state as part of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, and I am thankful for his continued efforts,” Ivey said.
Blankenship and Taylor were officially sworn in on Friday morning in a private ceremony at the state Capitol in Montgomery.