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

Louisiana Emergency Response Commission (LERC)

The Louisiana Emergency Response Commission (LERC) coordinates and supervises implementation of the federal hazardous materials Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act within Louisiana. The LERC develops, coordinates, and leads the state emergency management program, enabling effective preparation for, response to, and recovery from emergencies and disasters in order to save lives, reduce human suffering, and minimize property loss.

Cecil K. “Keith” Bennett of Denham Springs has been reappointed to the Louisiana Emergency Response Commission (LERC). Bennett will serve as a member of the Carrol L. Herring Fire and Emergency Training Institute at LSU.

Robert L. “Bobby” Black of Gretna has been reappointed to the Louisiana Emergency Response Commission (LERC). Black is the manager at Combined Technical Services and will serve at-large.

Chuck Carr Brown Ph.D. of Baton Rouge has been reappointed to the Louisiana Emergency Response Commission (LERC). Brown is the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality.

Obed C. Cambre Jr. of Greenwell Springs has been reappointed to the Louisiana Emergency Response Commission (LERC). Cambre is an emergency preparedness and security advisor for ExxonMobil and will serve at-large.

Tokesha M. Collins-Wright of Baton Rouge has been appointed to the Louisiana Emergency Response Commission (LERC). Collins-Wright is general counsel and vice president of environmental affairs for the Louisiana Chemical Association. Collins-Wright was nominated by the Louisiana Chemical Association and will serve as a representative of the chemical industry.

Joel M. Dugas of Napoleonville has been reappointed to the Louisiana Emergency Response Commission (LERC). Dugas is retired and will serve at-large.

Chris J. Guilbeaux of Breaux Bridge has been reappointed to the Louisiana Emergency Response Commission (LERC). Guilbeaux is the deputy director of preparedness, response, and interoperability at the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

Nissan A. Patel of New Orleans has been reappointed to the Louisiana Emergency Response Commission (LERC). Patel is the assistant hazardous materials risk coordinator for the Jefferson Parish Department of Fire Services.

Travis B. Perilloux of LaPlace has been reappointed to the Louisiana Emergency Response Commission (LERC). Perrilloux is the deputy director for the St. John the Baptist Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and will serve at-large.

James K. “Jim” Polk of Luling has been reappointed to the Louisiana Emergency Response Commission (LERC). Polk is the emergency and homeland security coordinator for St. Charles Parish and will serve at-large.

John F. Porter of Sulphur has been reappointed to the Louisiana Emergency Response Commission (LERC). Porter is the command technician for the Louisiana State Police and will serve as a representative of the Right-to-Know Unit and the Department of Public Safety.

Brent D. Robins D.V.M. of Folsom has been reappointed to the Louisiana Emergency Response Commission (LERC). Robbins is the deputy commissioner of marketing and agro-economics and will serve as the designee of the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

Casey B. Tingle of Greenwell Springs has been reappointed to the Louisiana Emergency Response Commission (LERC). Tingle is the deputy director and chief of staff for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and will serve as the designee of the director.

Michael A. Walsworth of West Monroe has been reappointed to the Louisiana Emergency Response Commission (LERC). Walsworth is a former state senator and will serve at-large.

Sen. Mack A. “Bodi” White Jr. of Baton Rouge has been reappointed to the Louisiana Emergency Response Commission (LERC). White is a state senator and will serve at-large.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission serves to protect, conserve and replenish the natural resources and wildlife of the state.

Harlie E. “Gene” Reynolds of Dubberly has been appointed to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. Reynolds is retired and will serve at-large.

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.

Kathryn K. Helmer of Hackberry has been appointed to the Parish Boards of Election Supervisors. Helmer is a librarian at Hackberry High School and will serve as the election supervisor of Cameron Parish.