Judge John Carroll

Cumberland School of Law / Samford University

Former Cumberland Law School Dean John Carroll will serve as acting director of the State Ethics Commission beginning Oct. 1.

Ethics Commission Chairman Ed Crowell announced Tuesday that Carroll will fill in when Director Jim Sumer retires Oct. 1 after being the commission's top staff member for 17 years. Crowell says Carroll will not be a candidate for the permanent position.

Alabama Ethics Commission

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.

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