Alabama Gov. Bob Riley (R) on Friday named a federal prosecutor to become a Madison County district judge, The Huntsville Times reported. Alison Strickland Austin, who is an Assistant U.S. Attorney, was one of three finalists selected by the county judicial commission to fill a position that has been vacant since last month.
“Alison Strickland Austin brings a solid legal background of civil and criminal law to the bench in Madison County,” Riley said in a statement. “I’m confident she will serve the people of Madison County with distinction.”
Before joining the Justice Department in 2002, Strickland Austin was a prosecutor in the Madison County District Attorney’s Office for five years. Her last day with the U.S. Attorney’s office will be Monday. She told the newspaper she expects to be sworn in next week.
“I am humbled and honored, and I look forward to serving the people of Madison County,” Strickland Austin said.