As we reported here, Alabama Governor Bob Riley announced that Walter A. Bell will be resigning as Alabama’s Insurance Commissioner at the end of August. On September 2, 2008, Governor Riley issued a press release to announce the appointment of Jim L. Ridling as the new Insurance Commissioner. Ridling was a past president and CEO of South Guaranty and is co-founder of River Bank & Trust. He is currently Chairman of the Jackson Hospital and Clinic and Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce’s Military Council boards of directors. Ridling begins his tenure as Insurance Commissioner on September 15.

Click here to view the Governor’s official press release.