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State's first female finance director starts work

Marquita Davis is sworn in by Gov. Robert Bentley (Source: Governor's office) Marquita Davis is sworn in by Gov. Robert Bentley (Source: Governor's office)

Marquita Davis is making history Monday by becoming Alabama's first female finance director.

The 44-year-old Davis tells The Gadsden Times (http://bit.ly/nyaZsF) that her groundbreaking appointment didn't register until it was pointed out to her.

She said she never even thought she was the first woman.

Davis was appointed Aug. 23 by Gov. Robert Bentley and succeeds David Perry, who becomes Bentley's chief of staff. She was sworn in Monday in a ceremony at the Capitol. 

The Business Council of Alabama issued a statement after Davis' appointment became official saying, "Dr. Davis epitomizes the leadership the state needs during these difficult budget and economic times."

BCA President and CEO William J. Canary said," The BCA commends the governor for this excellent and historic appointment." 

Davis previously held the leadership post at the Department of Children's Affairs.

Davis says even though her background is not in the legal or financial fields the she knows difficult budget decisions are on the way.

During a recent interview she said, "We have to identify the difference between what the state needs to sustain itself and what it wants."

She replaces David Perry in her new role. after he received a promotion of his own.

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