Alabama Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth announced Wednesday that he has appointed Athens attorney Stan McDonald to replace Judge Jerry Fielding as a member of the Alabama Ethics Commission.
McDonald will serve a five-year term on the commission, beginning on Sept. 1, 2019. He has been unanimously confirmed by the State Senate.
“When you combine Stan McDonald’s institutional knowledge of state government with his experience as a practicing attorney, it makes him an ideal candidate for the Alabama Ethics Commission,” Ainsworth said. “I know Stan to be a devoutly honest man with a strong moral compass, and I am confident he will be a guardian of the public trust.”
McDonald currently operates a private legal practice that focuses upon the areas of real estate law, administrative and health care law and education-related law.
In 2011, he was appointed to fill an unexpired term as the probate judge of Limestone County but chose not to run for a full term in 2012.
McDonald served as deputy chief of staff and as state revenue commissioner under former Alabama Gov. Guy Hunt. McDonald has also served as a member of the State Industrial Department Board, the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Task Force, the Alabama Tax Reform Commission and the governor’s office for Rural Health Development.
Alabama former Gov. Fob James appointed McDonald as an administrative law judge for the State Health Planning and Development Agency.
Then Alabama Attorney General Jeff Sessions named him as a special assistant to the attorney general on behalf of the Alabama Department of Transportation.