COPY-AP Interview: King puts own stamp on AG's office in first year

MONTGOMERY, Ala. A year ago, Troy King was Gov. Bob Riley's legal adviser, not well known outside of his hometown of Elba.

Riley changed that when he appointed King to the attorney general's seat after his predecessor Bill Pryor was appointed to a federal judgeship.During his first year in office, King has maintained his mostly low-key style, but has placed his stamp on the office of the state's top law enforcement officer.He's led raids of gambling operations, personally appealed to a grand jury to indict a murder suspect, and fought to toughen the state's law requiring public boards to hold public meetings.The 36-year-old King celebrated the first anniversary of his appointment last week, saying that serving as attorney general has culminated a childhood dream to work for the government.In an interview with The Associated Press, King says he went into government because he wants Alabama to be a safe place to grow up.With a few notable exceptions, Alabama attorney generals have often stayed mostly out of the public eye, leaving high profile prosecutions and investigations to assistants.King has been a little more hands on -- personally leading police officers on a raid of a gambling operation in Troy and later serving as chief prosecutor on the case.He also personally presented the state's case against a murder suspect to a grand jury in Bibb County and has been a frequent speaker to civic groups around the state.King said he has tried to work to make his office and government in general more accessible.The attorney general will probably increase his visibility over the next year. He said he definitely plans to run for election for the attorney general's seat in 2006.So far, he is the only announced candidate for attorney general.

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