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2014 Post Convention - 3/5/2014

Baton Rouge, LA—More than 1,000 federal, state and local government officials gathered for the 90th Annual Police Jury Association Convention. This year’s event was held in East Baton Rouge Parish at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge from February 26-28, 2014. Attendees were given Congressional, state and local updates on a variety of issues. The main topic addressed all 3 days in various forums was the National Flood Insurance Program. The Congressional House has passed a measure that is supported by all Louisiana Senators and Congressman. This measure will stabilize the program while protecting current homeownersin Louisiana and the nation from skyrocketing premium increases. They also visited with over 100 interest groups related to the day-to-day operations of parish government.

Elected and appointed officials such as US Senator David Vitter, Lt Governor Jay Dardenne, LA Secretary of State Tom Schedler, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain, LA Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon, State Representative Tim Burns, DEQ Secretary Peggy Hatch, GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis, Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham, DHH Secretary Kathy Kliebert, State Fire Marshall Butch Browning, LA Public Service Commission’s Eric Skrmetta and Governor’s Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Anthony Ramirez, addressed the local government leaders during the three-day convention.

Baton Rouge Mayor-President Melvin "Kip” Holden open the General Session with a welcome to East Baton Rouge his fellow parish officials. The convention was a special time for outgoing President Melvin Haymon of Vernon Parish, as he hosted the successful convention. During the Friday night banquet Haymon passed the gavel to incoming President Lisa Nelson of St. Martin Parish.

"We face many challenges in the coming year but I know lessons learned here and with the cooperation of the federal, state and local stakeholders, we will meet those challenges head on to serve our constituents,” says Nelson.

Topics of conversation ranged from member services, state and federal budgets, local government financing, ethics, highway funding, tourism, emergency preparedness, drainage, retirement and the upcoming regular session of the Legislature.

Other officers installed at the annual banquet included 1st Vice President David Cox of Caddo Parish, 2nd Vice President Guy Cormier of St. Martin Parish and 3rd Vice President Joe Bishop of Rapides Parish. Other 2014-2015 executive board members include Cynthia Hedge-Morrell of Orleans Parish, John Young, Jr., of Jefferson Parish, Glenn Romero of Iberia Parish, Mack Calhoun of Ouachita Parish, Gordon Burgess of Tangipahoa Parish, Francis Andrepont of Calcasieu Parish, Bernard Broussard of Iberia Parish, John Marceaux of Jefferson Davis Parish, Scott Perry, Jr., of Rapides Parish, Glenn Benton of Bossier Parish, Major Coleman of St. Helena Parish, Eric Solieau of Evangeline Parish and Kenneth Epperson, Sr. of Caddo Parish.

Also included on the executive board are past presidents including immediate past president Melvin Haymon, Gerald "Mike” McLeod of Beauregard Parish, Paul Naquin, Jr. of St. Mary Parish, Sandy Treme of Calcasieu Parish, Richard Billings of Rapides, and Timothy Roussel of St. James Parish. Jimmy Whittington of Caddo Parish was elected as the new President of the Organization of Parish Administrative Officials, and Tim Marks of St. Landry Parish was re-elected President of the Louisiana Parish Engineers and Supervisor’s Association.


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