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Posted on: November 13, 2023

Rick Allen Chosen for Governor-Elect Jeff Landry’s Transition Team

Mayor Rick Allen

Governor-Elect Jeff Landry recently announced the names of his transition team leaders, who will advise him as he prepares to move into the Governor’s Mansion in January. The team is composed of 14 committees comprised of individuals who will bring a variety of “real-life” skills to the group. Their goal will be to smooth the path towards Landry assuming leadership of the state.

The 14 councils and their leaders are:

Agriculture, Fisheries & Land Management: Joel Broussard, an oil and gas executive and outdoorsman

Coast & Environment: Tony Alford, Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District President and Tim Hardy, Baton Rouge based environmental lawyer

Constitutional Reform: Lane Grigsby, GOP donor and Cajun Contractors board chairman

Crime & Public Safety: Tony Clayton, 18th Judicial District Attorney and Laura Rodrigue, former Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office lawyer 

Economic Development and Fiscal Policy: Ben Bordelon, Bollinger Shipyards CEO and Mandi Mitchell, Lafayette Economic Development Authority CEO

Energy, Chemical and Maritime Industry: Gray Stream, CEO of CKX Industries

Healthcare & Hospitals: Keith Myers, co-founder of LHC Group and Allyson Pharr, attorney for Acadian Ambulance Services

Infrastructure: David Madden, co-owner of Madden Contracting Company

Insurance Crisis: Tim Temple, Incoming Insurance Commissioner and Ross Laris, owner of Laris Insurance Agency

K-12 Education: Eddie Rispone, also serving as co-chair of the overall transition team, and Rebecca Boniol, vice-president of the Lake Charles Charter Academy Foundation

Local & Municipal Affairs: Guy Cormier, executive director of the Louisiana Police Jury Association and Jason Willis, mayor of St. Martinville

Military Issues: Doug Judice, retired US Army lieutenant colonel and veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

New Orleans: Boysie Bollinger, former CEO of Bollinger Shipyards

Workforce Development and Higher Education: Lee Mallett, member of the LSU Board of Supervisors, business owner and board member of State Licensing Board for Contractors

Each of the committees will spend the next two months evaluating the needs and proposing solutions that will best benefit the citizens of Louisiana in their respective areas of expertise. Their assessments will then be considered by Governor-Elect Landry when he begins the process of setting up his own cabinet and government leaders.

Leesville Mayor Rick Allen was chosen, along with another 25 elected officials from around the state, to be a member of the Local & Municipal Affairs team. Mayor Allen, who also serves as First Vice-President of the Louisiana Municipal Association and chairman of the Solutions to Achieve Viability and Efficiency (SAVE) Task Force, is familiar with the requirements of Louisiana’s local governments and will be able to provide a great deal of experience in the search for viable solutions.

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