May 14, 2012

The Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy has formed an Executive Director Search Committee to begin the solicitation of applicants to replace current Executive Director, J. Lamar Harris, who is retiring June 30, 2013.

Mr. Harris began his tenure with the Alabama Board on August 31, 1996.

Under the direct supervision of the Board, the Executive Director functions as the Chief Executive Officer of the Board with the primary duties and responsibilities as follows:

  • Responsible for the administration of Board policy.
  • Serves as the agent for service of legal process upon the Board.
  • Serves as the official custodian of the records of the Board.
  • Supervises the Board staff members (five full-time employees) in all functions of the Board such as processing of applications, grades, certifications, registrations, CPA Examination administration, Peer Review Program, agency accounting, preparation of the Board’s annual budget request and operations plan, and preparation of reports required by the Board and other State agencies.
  • Plans and coordinates regular and special Board meetings including assisting the Board Chair in the development of agendas for Board meetings, preparation of minutes and furnishes Board members with information needed to carry out the regulatory duties of the Board.
  • Arranges sites for Board meetings, public hearings, disciplinary hearings, and CPA Certificate Presentations.
  • Receives and processes complaints and coordinates with the Investigative Committee for proper disposition.
  • Consults with the Board’s attorney, other state accountancy boards and State and National Agencies to keep the Board informed of current trends and issues.
  • Supervises the review of requests for approval of continuing professional education (CPE) programs and the audits of licensees’ CPE reporting.
  • Attends and makes presentations at budget hearings, sunset hearings and public meetings.
  • Drafts legislation and rules for the Board.
  • Responds to inquiries from other agencies or individuals.
  • Participates in conferences and other activities relating to professional training, licensure, or practice.
  • Provides advisory services to CPA Examination candidates, licensees, Board members and the Public on the Public Accountancy Laws of Alabama and the Board’s Administrative Code (Rules).


By the date of appointment, the incumbent must be a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Alabama. Qualified candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree and at least five years of managerial experience. Government agency experience preferred, but not required.


All applicants must submit a resume by August 31, 2012 to the Executive Director Search Committee, Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy, P.O. Box 300375, Montgomery, AL 36130-0375.

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