Bentley chose Head over four other candidates nominated by a committee to replace retiring board member William Wynne. She will join the three-member pardons board Sept. 6 and Bentley will appoint someone to fill the DA position by that time.
Head has served as the DA since the governor appointed her in 2013.
Head began her career as a prosecutor in 1997, when she filled an assistant district attorney position in the Bessemer Division of the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. In February of 1999, she became a deputy district attorney in the Tuscaloosa County District Attorney’s Office. Over the course of her career, Head has tried more than 200 cases, including capital murder, sexual assaults, abuse of children, robbery, drug crimes, and other felony offenses.