Birmingham accountant James L. Hart has been elected chairman of the Alabama Securities Commission.
A member of the regulating board since December 2010, Hart was selected unanimously for the leadership position by fellow commissioners.
Hart leads the forensic accounting and litigation services decision at the Birmingham firm of Dent, Baker & Co.
Hart, a native of Huntsville, was first appointed to the commission by former Gov. Bob Riley. Hart's current term ends in 2014.