ADECA names new division leaders

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Two veteran employees of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs will step into new positions Monday leading two of the department's grant-making divisions.

Bea Forniss will serve as chief of the Community and Economic Development Division and Bill Babington will serve as chief of the Law Enforcement and Traffic Division.

"Both Bea Forniss and Bill Babington have vast and varied experiences within the department that will be a tremendous asset as we continue to partner with community leaders, businesses, law enforcement agencies and others on projects and programs that build better Alabama communities," ADECA Director Jim Byard Jr. said.

The two divisions provide an array of grant programs that improve public services and boost development. The Community and Economic Development Division manages several programs including Community Development Block Grants, Recreational Trails, and the Appalachian Regional Commission.

While the Law Enforcement and Traffic Safety Division support the operations of local and regional drug task forces; provide emergency assistance for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse; and fund traffic safety promotions including "Click It or Ticket" and campaigns to get drunken drivers and speeders off the highways.

Forniss joined the ADECA staff in 1994 followed by Babington in 1995.

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