Gov. Ivey rescinds judge appointment because of age requirement

Gov. Kay Ivey

The Alabama Constitution prohibits the election or appointment of judges over 70.

Posted: Nov 14, 2019 1:21 PM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has rescinded an appointment for Montgomery County probate judge after learning the person is too old under state law.

Ivey on Wednesday appointed retired Gen. Edward F. Crowell to the position. On Thursday, she announced that she was rescinding the appointment because of the age requirement.

Crowell is 70. The Alabama Constitution prohibits the election or appointment of judges over 70.

Ivey said Thursday that she regrets that Crowell will be unable to take the position.

The position of probate judge is vacant after Steven Reed was elected as Montgomery mayor. Reed took office this week.

Some legislators have unsuccessfully tried to raise the age limit to 75.

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