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Gov. Bentley: no timetable on replacement of outgoing Sec. of State Chapman

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(SOURCE: AL SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE) (SOURCE: AL SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley's office says there is no timetable but a decision will be made soon regarding a replacement for Republican Secretary of State Beth Chapman.

Chapman announced Monday that she plans to resign Aug. 1 and enter private business. She still has 17 months left in her term.

Governor Bentley says he will not appoint anyone who is currently a candidate for the office in 2014 or anyone who is interested in being a candidate.

Chapman tells The Associated Press she has an offer in government and public relations consulting that she can't pass up, and she will end her decade in public office to take the position.

She has not released details of the new job, but she said it doesn't involve lobbying.

A few months ago, Chapman was being talked about as a possible candidate for governor. But she said she is pleased with Republican Gov. Robert Bentley and would not run against him. Bentley will appoint someone to finish her term.

"I would like to thank Secretary Chapman for her years of service as Alabama's Secretary of State," said ALGOP Chairman Bill Armistead."Secretary Chapman has done yeoman's work in modernizing the office of Secretary of State and our election process. I would like to wish her well in her future endeavors, as I know that she will do a fine job."

Copyright 2013 WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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