Alabama Republican Gov. Bob Riley has filled the state insurance commissioner’s post left vacant when Walter Bell in a controversial move left to take a post doing lobbying and other work for a reinsurer.

Mr. Riley said Tuesday he has appointed Jim L. Ridling, a past president and chief executive officer of Southern Guaranty insurance company and a founder of River Bank and Trust. Southern Guaranty, a Montgomery, Ala.-based property-casualty insurer with personal and commercial lines was sold to General Casualty in Sun Prairie, Wis.

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