MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The number of female leaders in Alabama government continues to grow. Monday, Gov. Kay Ivey announced Major General Sheryl Gordon has been appointed to become the Adjutant General of the Alabama National Guard, the first woman to ever hold the position.
Gordon will take over on August 1 following the retirement of Major General Perry Smith.
"General Sheryl Gordon is a trailblazer and visionary leader," Gov. Ivey said. "She has had a distinguished military career spanning 33 years. I look forward to serving alongside her as she leads our National Guard troops in Alabama."
According to the governor's office, Gordon served for one year as an enlisted member of the National Guard before becoming a Second Lieutenant in 1981. In 2009 she was promoted to Brigadier General and became a Major General in 2011. She currently serves as the civilian Executive Director of the National Guard Association of Alabama. Her previous duty assignments include Deputy Adjutant General of the Alabama National Guard (2011-2013), Commander of the 62nd Troop Command (2009-2011), and Garrison Commander of the Ft. McClellan Training Center (2007-2009).
"I am humbled to have been chosen by Governor Ivey to serve my state and to lead my fellow soldiers in the Alabama National Guard as the Adjutant General," Gordon said. "Being chosen to serve in this capacity is a great honor and is a responsibility I do not take lightly. However, I am confident my previous assignments have prepared me for this task."
The governor, in announcing Smith's successor, thanked him for his honorable leadership and wished him well in retirement.
Gordon joins other notable females in the highest state positions including the governor, Alabama Chief Justice Lyn Stuart, Alabama Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh and State School Board President Stephanie Bell, and others.
While not public offices, both major political parties are also chaired by women, Nancy Worley with the Democratic Party and Terry Lathan with the Republican Party.