Office of the Governor of Alabama

Department of Mental Health


Jim Perdue

Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health

James V. Perdue was appointed commissioner of the Alabama Department of Mental Health on July 1, 2015. Prior to his appointment as commissioner, he served as the Probate Judge for Crenshaw County for 12 years. He also served as President of South Central Alabama Mental Health Board and as a member of the Alabama Mental Health Advisory Board of Trustees.

Upon his appointment Governor Bentley said “We have made significant progress in the treatment for those who have mental illness, intellectual disability and substance abuse disorders in Alabama. Jim Perdue will continue to promote these efforts and work with department staff to support families and consumers of mental health services.”

Jim Perdue is a 1973 graduate of Auburn University. Actively involved in his community, Perdue has served on a number of local boards and commissions including: Luverne Rotary Club, Crenshaw County Chamber of Commerce, Crenshaw County Industrial Development Board, Alabama Oilmen’s Association, Alabama Private Industry Council, South Central Alabama Development Commission and the South Alabama Home Builders Association.

Jim and his wife Sandra have six children and six grandchildren. They are active members of the First Baptist Church in Montgomery.