MONTGOMERY – Regardless of which gubernatorial candidate wins on Tuesday, Governor Bob Riley says his administration is making a smooth transition a priority. For weeks, cabinet members have been preparing overviews of their state agencies, including information on budgets and the status of on-going issues and initiatives, the Riley administration said.
Governor Riley said he wants the transition from his administration to the next to be completely different from the one he encountered after winning his first term in 2002.
"We came into office without so much as a scrap of paper telling us what each department was doing," said Governor Riley. "I don't want Dr. Bentley or Commissioner Sparks to face that kind of problem. Ensuring a smooth transition is a priority for this administration. We're preparing a transition plan to make the change in administrations as efficient and problem-free as possible."
Governor Riley appointed Chief of Staff Dave Stewart to lead the transition effort on behalf of the administration. Cabinet members will also be prepared to meet and fully brief the governor-elect and his transition team. In addition, Governor Riley said his administration has taken steps to secure office space in the State Capitol building if the incoming governor wishes to use it during the transition period.
"We're going to do more than any outgoing administration ever has to make sure the transition is as seamless as possible so the new governor is able to hit the ground running. That's in the best interests of all Alabamians," said Governor Riley.