Bill Poole was appointed as the director of the Alabama Department of Finance by Governor Kay Ivey on August 1, 2021, after representing the citizens of House District 63 for 10 years as a member of the Alabama House of Representatives. Later that same year, Gov. Ivey selected Director Poole to also serve as her senior advisor. As the state’s chief financial officer, Poole serves as an advisor to the governor and the Alabama Legislature in all financial matters and is charged with protecting the financial interests of the state of Alabama. He is responsible for the administration and oversight of the Department of Finance and serves on various advisory boards and authorities.
During his time in the Legislature, Poole served as the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Education Committee, which oversees the Education Trust Fund (ETF), for the last eight years. Under his legislative leadership, priority initiatives such as high-quality pre-K, literacy, broadband, workforce development and career technical training received increased appropriations to ensure Alabama’s students are college and career ready post-graduation from high school.