Jim Byard, Jr. currently serves as the director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, appointed by Governor Robert Bentley in January 2011. At the time of his appointment, Jim was serving his third term as mayor of the city of Prattville. When elected in 2000, he was the youngest mayor in the city’s history. He had previously been elected to the Prattville City Council at the age of 26 where he served two terms, one as council president. In 2004-2005 he served as president of the Alabama League of Municipalities, a nonpartisan association of more than 440 Alabama cities and towns. As the Director of ADECA, Jim oversees a staff of more than 200 and a budget of about $350 million annually. Working as an arm of the governor’s office, ADECA awards hundreds of grants each year to city and county governments and nonprofit organizations. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with double minors in business and sociology from Troy University Montgomery. He and his wife, Beverly, reside in Prattville, AL.