The Secretary of Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is the member of the Governor's Cabinet designated to direct the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and advise the governor on general matters of public safety within the State.
The Office of the Secretary is comprised of the Protective Services Division, the Office of Homeland Security, Governmental Affairs, External Affairs, the Integrity Unit (internal affairs) and the Administrative Bureau. The Office of the Secretary also conducts the legal, personnel, and financial administrative functions for the entire agency. The Directors of the Department of Public Safety and the State Bureau of Investigation answer directly to the Secretary.
- Accounting Division - Responsible for the overall financial health of the agency. Specific responsibilities include budget management (general fund, education trust fund, departmental and federal fund appropriations); procurement; accounts payable processing; accounts receivable invoicing and collection; federal grant management; travel assistance; and requests for proposal and contract submissions.
- Personnel Division – Responsible for the management and coordination of ALEA human resources operations. Primary areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to, strategic planning; employee recruitment, selection, and retention; training; policy and procedure interpretation, development, and implementation; EEO/legal compliance; performance appraisal and progressive discipline guidance and oversight; payroll and benefits; job description preparation and maintenance; providing direction with regard to workers compensation, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), donated/military leave authorization, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance, etc.; investigating employee complaints; and conducting due process hearings and conferences for employees facing severe levels of disciplinary action.
Legal Unit - Legal is comprised of the General Counsel, Staff Attorneys, and Support Staff that analyze issues impacting the agency and provide legal advice to agency leadership and divisions to assist with carrying out ALEA’s mission. The Legal Division represents ALEA’s interest in litigation matters that involve or affect the agency and its officials, including statewide driver license appeals. Other Legal Division responsibilities include training, reviewing contractual agreements and leases, drafting agency policy and administrative rules, and reviewing proposed and enacted legislation.
Attorneys in the legal division are prohibited from providing legal advice to the general public.