Alabama Legislative Fiscal Office Director Joyce Bigbee notified state legislative leaders Monday that she plans to retire at the end of this year. The announcment marks the end of a 33-year career in the Fiscal Office. Bigbee has served as Director of the state agency that advises the Alabama Legislature on the fiscal impact of legislation for the past 24 years.
Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said the positive impact Bigbee and her team have had on state government is immeasurable.
"Under Joyce's leadership, the Legislative Fiscal Office has been the definition of efficiency in state government," Senator Marsh said. "She built a team that is second-to-none and they set a shining example of top-notch expertise and professionalism. I can assure you Joyce will be sorely missed in the Legislature and we will always be grateful for her service to the people of Alabama."
House Speaker Mike Hubbard said Bigbee set the standard for what a state government officials or employees should strive to be.
"Joyce set the gold standard in Alabama for how to manage a team and operate a state agency," Speaker Hubbard said. "Impervious to partisan politics, Joyce and her team are always focused on making sure lawmakers know the facts about our state's fiscal situation, whether in good times or bad. Though we will miss her in the State House next session, I wish Joyce all the best in her retirement."
Bigbee said it has been a great honor to serve members of the Legislature and the citizens of Alabama.
"I want to sincerely thank all past and present members of the Alabama Legislature for affording me the opportunity to serve in this capacity," Bigbee said. "I could not have chosen a career that suited me better or that I would have enjoyed more.
"I have had to good fortune to work with an incredible group of dedicated, extremely bright and professional employees over the years and any accolades that I have received can be directly attributed to those loyal and hard-working individuals," Bigbee added.
Bigbee's retirement is effective January 1, 2012, leaving Senator Marsh, Speaker Hubbard and the Joint Fiscal Committee ample time to find a replacement.
Bigbee began serving in the Legislative Fiscal Office in 1978 as fiscal officer for the House of Representatives before being named Director in 1987.
She has also served as president of the National Association of Legislative Fiscal Officers, a member of the Auburn Montgomery Board of Advisors for the Departments of Public Administration and Political Science, a member of the Auburn University College of Liberal Arts Dean's Advisory Council and Jones School of Law Board of Advisors.
She was a recipient of the 1996 Distinguished Graduate Award from Auburn Montgomery and Outstanding Graduate in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Auburn Montgomery.
Bigbee is a graduate of Jones School of Law, Auburn Montgomery, where she received a Masters in Public Administration, and Auburn University.