Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced his appointments to several Louisiana boards and commissions. 

Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners

The Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners exists to safeguard the public health, safety, and welfare of the people of this state against unauthorized, unqualified, and improper practice of social work though a proper regulatory authority.

Jamie L. Barney Ph.D. of Prairieville has been appointed to the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners. Barney is the director of social services at HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two (HAART) and DBA Health Care Clinic (OHCC). Barney will serve as a licensed clinical social worker rendering direct services.

Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council

The mission of the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council is to lead and promote advocacy, capacity building, and systemic change to improve the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

Sarah Petters Fletcher Ph.D. of New Orleans has been appointed to the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council. Fletcher is an education program consultant and school psychologist. Fletcher will represent the Department of Education.

Louisiana Sheriff’s Executive Management Institute

The Louisiana Sheriff’s Executive Management Institute’s mission is to promote public peace, by establishing training programs for sheriffs to provide management courses and skills to enhance the safety of the citizens of Louisiana and the enforcement of state laws.

Sheriff Gregory C. Champagne of Luling has been reappointed to the Louisiana Sheriff’s Executive Management Institute. Champagne is the sheriff of St. Charles Parish and will represent the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association.

Sheriff Jay D. Russell of West Monroe has been appointed to the Louisiana Sheriff’s Executive Management Institute. Russell is the sheriff of Ouachita Parish and will represent the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association.

Sheriff Brett M. Stassi Jr. of Plaquemine has been appointed to the Louisiana Sheriff’s Executive Management Institute. Stassi is the sheriff of Iberville Parish and will represent the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association.

Educational Commission of the States

The mission of the Education Commission of the States is to serve as a partner to state policymakers by providing personalized support and helping education leaders come together to learn from one another. Through our programs and services, policymakers gain the insight and experience needed to create effective education policy.

Deborah Sternberg Roth of Baton Rouge has been appointed to the Education Commission of the States. Roth is the founder and chair of Young Entrepreneurs Academy of Baton Rouge. Roth will serve at-large.

State Civil Service Commission

The State Civil Service Commission is a seven-member body that has final authority over the administration of the State Civil Service system. The Commission serves as an impartial review board that enacts and adjudicates State Civil Service Rules to regulate state personnel activities and hears appeals from state employees and agencies.

Jo Ann Nixon of Abbeville has been reappointed to the State Civil Service Commission. Nixon is an attorney at Glenda M. August and Associates and was nominated by Dillard University. Nixon will represent the 3rd Congressional District.

Governor’s Task Force on DWI

The mission of the Governor’s Task Force on DWI is to address issues with unusually high incidences of drunk driving, difficulty in proving ID of multiple DWI offenders for enhanced penalties, refusals to submit to breath and/or field sobriety tests, obtaining evidence from drivers who cause alcohol involved fatal or serious injury crashes, and arrest and prosecution of drug-impaired drivers.

Hon. Jules D. Edwards III (Ret.) of Lafayette has been appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on DWI. Edwards is a retired judge from the 15th Judicial District Court. Edwards will serve at-large.

Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority East sets policy and manages flood protection operations in Jefferson, Orleans and St. Bernard Parishes on the east bank of the Mississippi River.  Specifically, the Flood Protection Authority is responsible for flood protection systems; the new Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS); the Mississippi River and Tributaries (MR&T) Levee System; and the Interior Non-Federal Levee Systems.

Roy M. Arrigo of Baton Rouge has been appointed to the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East. Arrigo is a sales manager at Butcher Distributors and will serve the board at-large and as a non-resident.