- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Robert Bentley is placing the head of Alabama’s state law enforcement agency on medical leave.

Bentley announced the decision about Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary Spencer Collier on Wednesday. The medical leave will last for as long as three months, allowing Collier time to recover from what the governor’s office describes as an upcoming back surgery.

Bentley is appointing Stan Stabler as acting director during Collier’s absence. Stabler is currently the chief of the dignitary protection unit at ALEA.

Collier is a former state trooper, and the governor tapped him as the first secretary of the combined Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. Collier also served previously as Bentley’s director of homeland security.

Collier and Bentley previously served together in the Alabama House of Representatives.

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