Alabama Governor Appoints 2 to Cabinet

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley has filled vacancies in his Cabinet by promoting one person and hiring another from the private sector.

Riley announced Tuesday that he had chosen Marquita Davis to be commissioner of the Department of Children's Affairs. Davis has been director of the state's Office of School Readiness and has worked to expand the state's voluntary pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-olds. Riley chose Jim L.

Ridling of Montgomery to become commissioner of the state Insurance Department. Ridling is the former president and CEO of Southern Guaranty and is a founder of River Bank and Trust. "Their extensive knowledge and understanding of the issues their agencies face make them great assets to my Cabinet and to the citizens of Alabama," Riley said.

Ridling replaces Walter Bell, who announced his resignation last month to become chairman of Swiss Re American Holding Corp. Davis fills a Cabinet position that has been vacant since Richard Dorrough died in December.

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