By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Gov. Kay Ivey has appointed Gen. Ed Crowell as Montgomery County Probate Judge.
The appointment fills the vacancy created when Steven Reed, who served as probate judge since 2012, was elected mayor of Montgomery last month. Crowell also ran for mayor in a crowded field of candidates, but did not earn enough votes to make the runoff.
Ivey said she selected Crowell to fill the position based on his record of service.
“When I think of General Ed Crowell, the word ‘service’ is the first word that comes to mind,” Ivey said. “I know that he will carry his strong work ethic and commitment of service and duty into his role as Montgomery’s Probate Judge. From his long-career in the military, his work in the private sector and his service in the community, he is more than qualified to serve in this role.”
Crowell served in the U.S. Air Force and the Air Force Reserves for 35 years, retiring as a Brigadier General. He was most recently the president and chief executive officer for VT Kinetics, parent company for VT Miltope and VT MAK based in Cambridge, MA, and VT Miltope based in Montgomery.
Crowell currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery Metro YMCA, the Auburn University in Montgomery Advisory Board, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival (ASF) Board, the Air University Foundation Board and is recent past Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. He is married to Earnestine Crowell, who works on staff for the Alabama House of Representatives.
Crowell’s appointment is effective immediately.