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UNA leader accepts new role as state Finance Director

Clinton Carter (left) with Gov. Bentley (Source: Governor's Office) Clinton Carter (left) with Gov. Bentley (Source: Governor's Office)
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A Huntsville native will replace acting state Finance Director Bill Newton. 

Governor Robert Bentley announced Friday that Clinton Carter, who served as the state's Deputy Finance Director from 2011-2014, will lead the department. 

The state finance department website says the director is an "advisor to the Governor and the Legislature in financial matters and is responsible for protecting the financial interest of Alabama."

Carter will inherit a rocky financial outlook. Long-term budget issues are looming despite relief from a BP settlement bill

The state could face a $195 million Medicaid shortfall in just two years. 

“I am honored to have Clinton return to my administration and serve as my Finance Director," said Governor Bentley. “In 2012, Clinton was the architect of my initiative to achieve one billion in annual savings by the end of my first term through a combination of agency streamlining and realignment, strategic legislation and government right-sizing. Clinton is a strong asset and I am looking forward to discussing his ideas.”

Carter has a background in investment and data management. 

He most recently served as the Vice President of Business and Financial Affairs for the University of North Alabama. 

“I am truly honored and humbled that I have the opportunity to once again serve the people of Alabama as part of the Bentley administration,” Clinton said. “I welcome the opportunity to continue implementing the Governor’s vision to ensure the Finance Department is protecting the financial interests of the state.”

Carter’s appointment is effective October 1, 2016.

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