Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced his appointments to several Louisiana boards and commissions.
Red River Waterway Commission
The Red River Waterway Commission was created for the purpose of establishing, operating, and maintaining the Red River Waterway, a navigable waterway system, extending from the vicinity of the confluence of Red River with Old River and the Atchafalaya River northwestward in the Red River Valley to the state boundary.
Michael P. DeVille, of Pineville, was appointed to the Red River Waterway Commission. DeVille is a contracting officer with the Louisiana Military Department and a retired Colonel with the Army National Guard.
Capital Area Road and Bridge District
The Capital Area Road and Bridge District was established to raise revenue to finance road and bridge projects to alleviate traffic congestion in the parishes of East Baton Rouge, Ascension, Livingston, Iberville, and West Baton Rouge.
Mike Wampold, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Capital Area Road and Bridge District. Wampold is a licensed real estate broker and the Chief Executive Officer of Wampold Companies.
Public Recreation Access Task Force
The Public Recreation Access Task Force was established by Senate Concurrent Resolution 99 of the 2018 Regular Session to study the conditions, needs, and issues relative to potential public recreation access on the navigable waters of the state and to make recommendations to the legislature.
Jason LeBlanc, of Maringouin, was appointed to the Public Recreation Access Task Force. LeBlanc is the Recreation Program Coordinator for the West Baton Rouge Parish Council. He will serve as a representative of anglers on the task force.
Mike Benge, of Kenner, was appointed to the Public Recreation Access Task Force. Benge is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Delacroix Corporation. As required by the resolution, he was nominated by the Louisiana Landowners Association and will serve as a land owner or lessee east of the Atchafalaya River.
Drug Policy Board
The Drug Policy Board is responsible for identifying, examining, selecting, or developing, and recommending or implementing drug control policies to more effectively combat illegal drug and alcohol abuse. The board evaluates how anti-drug monies are used in implementing related programs. It also identifies and evaluates the effectiveness of public awareness and drug prevention programs.
Warren L. Montgomery, of Covington, was appointed to the Drug Policy Board. Montgomery is the District Attorney of the 22nd Judicial District Court. As required by statute, he will serve as a representative of the Louisiana District Attorney’s Association.
Louisiana Women’s Incarceration Task Force
The Louisiana Women’s Incarceration Task Force was established by House Concurrent Resolution 27 of the 2018 Regular Session to study, evaluate, analyze, and undertake a comprehensive review of the state's criminal justice system as it relates to women.
Wendi S. Cooper, of New Orleans, was appointed to the Louisiana Women’s Incarceration Task Force. Cooper is a program coordinator with Restoration Operation. She will serve as a community member with significant and relevant experience or expertise.
Sandra Cabrina Jenkins, of New Orleans, was appointed to the Louisiana Women’s Incarceration Task Force. Jenkins is an attorney and judge with the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal. She will serve as a representative of criminal justice agencies.
Louisiana Military Advisory Council
The Louisiana Military Advisory Council serves to provide a forum for issues concerning the installations and units of the armed forces located in Louisiana and the military and retired military personnel and their families who reside in Louisiana.
Larry L. Jones, of River Ridge, was appointed to the Louisiana Military Advisory Council. Jones is the Chair of the Louisiana Committee of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and a veteran of the United States Air Force.
Parish Boards of Election Supervisors
The purpose of the board in each parish is to oversee and supervise all elections within the parish to ensure the safety and accuracy of the democratic process. The Board of Election Supervisors oversees the preparation and conducting of each election in the parish. Each parish’s board is composed of the parish’s registrar of voters, the parish’s clerk of court, the chairman of the parish executive committee of each recognized political party, and one member appointed by the governor.
Nancy Grandquist Fields, of Alexandria, was appointed to the Rapides Parish Board of Election Supervisors. Fields is a retired banker.