The Alabama Ethics Commission is beginning the search for a new director, but commissioners already have someone in mind to take the job on an interim basis.
Members voted Thursday to offer the position of acting director to former Cumberland Law School Dean John Carroll. Carroll is also a former U.S. magistrate judge for the Middle District of Alabama.
Commission chairwoman Larkin Martin said she had a preliminary conversation with Carroll and will reach out to see if he will accept the position.
Director Jim Sumner is retiring on Oct. 1 after leading the commission for 17 years.
Commissioners said they want an acting director so they can have time to do a thorough search for the permanent hire.
The Alabama Senate must confirm a permanent appointment.