September 17, 2008

State of Alabama
Press Release: Human Resources, Department of

State Board Approves Governor’s Appointment of Nancy Buckner as DHR Commissioner

The DHR State Board voted September 16th to confirm Governor Bob Riley’s appointment of Nancy Buckner as commissioner of the agency. Governor Riley appointed Ms. Buckner to replace Page Walley, who served as Human Resources Commissioner from Dec. 2003 until Sept.1. Walley left DHR to become Managing Director with Casey Family Programs.

"With her 35 years of experience at DHR, Nancy Buckner is well-qualified to lead this important agency," said Governor Riley. "Over the past few years, DHR has been transformed. It is now recognized as a model agency by the rest of the nation and other states look to emulate its performance. I know Nancy will work to not only maintain DHR’s improved performance but also seek to enhance it."

Buckner had most recently served as Assistant Director of the Talladega County DHR, where she served since 1993. During her tenure at Talladega County DHR, she has also served by special appointment as Interim Director of the Calhoun County DHR and as Child Welfare Administrator for the St. Clair County DHR to improve services in those two counties. She has also served as legislative liaison for DHR.

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