State Auditor Jim Zeigler is officially not a lawyer anymore.
Zeigler, who practiced law for over twenty years, voluntarily relinquished his Alabama Law license in February; saying he plans to work as an investigative reporter when his time in public office ends.
He minored in journalism at the University of Alabama, and worked for the Daily Home newspaper in his hometown of Sylacauga in 1973.
Zeigler said he held on to the license because he was considering running for Attorney General, but in February when he decided to seek re-election for the State Auditor’s position he felt there was no need for him to retain his law license.
“I had held on to the license and paid my dues for four years because there was a possibility I would run for state attorney general this election cycle,” Zeigler told AL.com. “In February, the qualifying deadline, I had to make a decision and ran for reelection as auditor. So, I didn’t need the law license for that reason. I don’t need it for any reason.”
Originally from Sylacauga, Ala., Zeigler earned his JD from the Jones Law Institute at Faulkner University in Montgomery; obtaining his license in 1978. In 1993, he opened his own private practice, practicing as a mediator, arbitrator, and attorney until 2015, when he was elected State Auditor.