LA State Police Superintendent to resign

Edmonson retirement effective March 24

BATON ROUGE - UPDATE: Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson is stepping down.

Edmonson's retirement will be effective March 24. 

Governor John Bel Edwards will name an interim Deputy Secretary of Public Safety Services and Superintendent of State Police. 

Edmonson's retirement comes after an investigation into allegations that troopers took a taxpayer funded “side trip” to Las Vegas and Grand Canyon during a trip to a law enforcement conference in San Diego. 

Former Governor Bobby Jindal appointed Edmonson as head of Louisiana State Police in 2008.

 

Gov. John Bel Edwards kept Edmonson on when he took over as Governor in 2016. 

“Today, after careful consideration and many discussions regarding the future of the state police, Col. Edmonson notified me of his retirement. Together, we believe this is the best approach for the department.  Throughout many natural and manmade disasters, Col. Edmonson has been a steady hand and strong leader for the people of Louisiana. I, and many of the people of Louisiana, have sought Col. Edmonson's counsel on numerous occassions, and he has provided leadership and support when we've needed it most. Since taking office, I have relied on the men and women of the Louisiana State Police more than I would have liked, but I am proud to say that they have some of the most skilled and dedicated individuals serving in their ranks. Much of their success is due to Col. Edmonson’s innovative thinking and concern for our state. I want to thank him for his more than three decades of service to the state of Louisiana and wish him well as he begins his retirement" said Governor Edwards. 

"I have spent the better part of the last few days meeting with Governor Edwards and his staff. I have also been talking with my family and friends from around the state, many of them legislators, sheriffs, chiefs of police and business owners. The discussion has always led to the same question—what is best for my family, the Louisiana State Police and all the employees who are part of Public Safety Services? After meeting again with the Governor today, I have decided that it is in the best interests of the state that I retire from my position as Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Superintendent of State Police. The Governor has never asked that I step down. As our discussions continued today, I have come to believe that my moving aside will permit the governor and the state to move forward." said Col. Edmonson.

 

 

 

ORIGINAL:

The Advocate is reporting that Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson is stepping down. 

Edmonson has held the post for nine years.

Edmonson's retirement comes after an investigation into allegations that troopers took a taxpayer funded “side trip” to Las Vegas and Grand Canyon during a trip to a law enforcement conference in San Diego. 

Former Governor Bobby Jindal appointed Edmonson as head of Louisiana State Police in 2008.

Gov. John Bel Edwards kept Edmonson on when he took over as Governor in 2016. 

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