So where are all the Jindal secretaries going?


    Out with the old, in with the new. Louisiana has a new governor, and he has come in and cleaned house—namely, the cabinet. Gov. John Bel Edwards is still in the process of filling his new cabinet, but one thing is clear: Few of his aides will be holdovers from the Jindal administration. So where are all these former state agency directors going? Here’s a list of who’s headed where and the few who are staying put.

    —Robert Stewart


    Commissioner of Administration

    COVER-WIB.KristyNicholsOutgoing: Stafford Palmieri/Kristy Nichols

    Where they’re headed: Nichols, who resigned September, will serve as vice president of government and corporate affairs at Ochsner Health System. The fate of her interim replacement, Stafford Palmieri, is uncertain.

    Incoming: Jay Dardenne

    Previous stops: lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state senator


    Department of Revenue secretary

    Tim Barfield.vuOutgoing: Tim Barfield

    Where they’re headed: CSRS Inc. announced earlier this month that Barfield, a former Shaw Group executive, will join the company as its executive vice president.

    Incoming: Kimberly Lewis Robinson

    Previous stops: Partner at Jones Walker law firm; assistant secretary and confidential assistant, Department of Revenue


    Department of Health and Hospitals secretary

    Kathy Kliebert.vuOutgoing: Kathy Kliebert

    Where they’re headed: Kliebert plans to retire in April to spend more time with her grandchildren, a DHH spokeswoman says.

    Incoming: Rebekah Gee

    Previous stops: state Medicaid medical director; assistant professor of health policy and management in obstetrics and gynecology at LSU.


    Department of Transportation and Development secretary

    Sherri LeBasOutgoing: Sherri LeBas

    Where they’re headed: LeBas has retired, according to a DOTD spokesman.

    Incoming: Shawn Wilson

    Previous stops: chief of staff for the previous three DOTD secretaries


    Louisiana Economic Development secretary

    Steven Grissom.vuOutgoing: Steven Grissom

    -Where they’re headed: Grissom’s future is uncertain at this point.

    Incoming: Don Pierson

    Previous stops: Senior director of business development, assistant secretary and chief marketing officer, LED


    Louisiana Workforce Commission executive director

    Curt EyesinkOutgoing: Curt Eysink

    Where they’re headed: Eysink’s future is uncertain at this point.

    Incoming: Ava Dejoie

    Previous stops: statewide rapid response coordinator, LWC; business liaison, Louisiana Department of Education


    Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority chairman

    Chip KlineOutgoing: Chip Kline

    Where they’re headed: Kline’s future is up in the air. His replacement, Johnny Bradberry, won’t start until the end of the month, a CPRA spokesman says, and no determination has been made whether Kline will remain on staff once Bradberry takes over.

    Incoming: Johnny Bradberry

    -Previous stops: vice president of business development, Volkert engineering firm; DOTD secretary under former Gov. Kathleen Blanco


    Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness director

    Kevin Davis.vuOutgoing: Kevin Davis

    Where they’re headed: Davis’ future is uncertain at this point, though he’s rumored to be looking into other opportunities.

    Incoming: James Waskom

    Previous stops: Retired U.S. Army colonel; inspector general, Louisiana National Guard; former prosecutor, 19th Judicial District


    Department of Environmental Quality secretary

    Outgoing: Peggy Hatch

    Where they’re headed: Hatch has retired, according to a DEQ spokesman.

    Incoming: Chuck Brown

    Previous stops: president and CEO, Brown and Associates


    Department of Wildlife and Fisheries secretary

    Robert Barham.cvbOutgoing: Robert Barham

    Where they’re headed: Barham’s fate is uncertain, though he told Business Report back in September that he was preparing to move on and had met with LASERS, the state employee retirement system.

    Incoming: Charlie Melancon

    Previous stops: Former congressman, Louisiana’s 3rd District; former president and general manager, American Sugar Cane League.


    Department of Veterans Affairs secretary

    Thomas Enright.vuOutgoing: Thomas Enright/David LaCerte

    Where they’re headed: Enright, who filled in temporarily after David LaCerte resigned in October amid a probe into conditions at state VA nursing homes, will stay on with the VA as executive counsel.

    Incoming: Joey Strickland

    Previous stops: retired U.S. Army Colonel; director of veterans affairs for former Gov. Mike Foster; deputy secretary of veterans affairs for former Gov. Kathleen Blanco



    Department of Public Safety and Corrections secretary

    Jimmy LeBlancJimmy LeBlanc





    Louisiana State Police superintendent

    Michael Edmonson







    Inspector General

    Stephen StreetStephen Street





    Department of Natural Resources secretary

    Stephen ChustzStephen Chustz





    Department of Children and Family Services secretary

    Suzy SonnierSuzy Sonnier





    *Positions had not been announced by Gov. John Bel Edwards as of publication.