On Tuesday, Governor Kay Ivey appointed former Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Mac McCutcheon to serve as the new Madison County Commission chairman.

According to Ivey's press secretary, Gina Maiola, the governor met with McCutcheon Tuesday afternoon to deliver the news.

"As one of my appointees, you will be making important decisions that directly affect the citizens of' Alabama," Ivey said in her appointment letter. "I have made honesty and integrity a priority in my Administration, and I know that you will embody these two virtues while serving the people of Alabama. Please plan to attend all meetings within reason, be a good steward of the taxpayers' money, and work in your position to instill trust in state government."

McCutcheon's appointment will be effective immediately.

The position has been vacant since former Commission chairman Dale Strong's departure to Washington to begin his congressional term.

McCutcheon was elected to House District 25 in 2006. He was elected Speaker in 2016 until vacating his office in November 2022.

Last month, 1819 News reported McCutcheon was financially linked to Alabama-based medical company QBR LLC president and CEO John Hornbuckle, who was indicted by a federal grand jury for defrauding health care benefit programs and paying and receiving kickbacks from December 2012 to January 2018, according to an indictment filed in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Alabama in April 2022.

The former House Speaker worked as a "consultant" for the company.

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