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AEA officers challenge appointment of Byrne as 2-year college chancellor

MONTGOMERY (AP) — A circuit judge has been asked to block the selection of state Sen. Bradley Byrne as chancellor of the state's two-year college system and reopen the selection process for applicants.

The complaint filed by officers of the Alabama Education Association contends the state board of education selected Byrne, R-Fairhope, without providing notice as required by the state's open meetings law and also violated its own policies, WSFA.com reported Monday.

A hearing on the request for a temporary restraining order to block Byrne from becoming chancellor is set for Tuesday at 9 a.m. before Circuit Judge Gene Reese of Montgomery.

Byrne told WSFA.com late Monday he couldn't respond to specific allegations in the complaint because he hadn't had a chance to read it.

The complaint claims the board violated the open meetings law by "failing or refusing to provide proper notice as required by law," making Byrne's May 10 appointment as chancellor invalid.

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