BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Gov. Bobby Jindal has appointed a retired Louisiana State Police deputy superintendent to the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.
Ronnie Jones will serve as chairman and an at-large representative. He fills the vacancy left by the death of Dale Hall.
"I'm honored to have been selected for this position, and I'm humbled by the trust placed in me," Jones stated in a written release. "Gaming is a $3 billion industry in this state, and our job as the Gaming Control Board is to maintain public confidence in the industry and ensure that integrity of operations is a priority. It's too important to our citizens and our state to expect anything less."
Jones became a trooper with LSP in 1974. He retired in 2000 as a lieutenant colonel and deputy superintendent after 27 years of service. Col. Mike Edmonson, superintendent of Louisiana State Police and deputy secretary of the Louisiana Department of Public Safety, sang Jones' praises in the news release.
"Ronnie exemplifies what it means to be a public servant," Edmonson said. "He has been a member of the Department of Public Safety family for almost 40 years. He has a well-rounded perspective having served as an LSP deputy superintendent, the DPS undersecretary and the last five years as my confidential assistant. Ronnie is uniquely qualified for this appointment, having served as the state police legislative coordinator and public affairs supervisor when the original gaming bills were passed. Additionally, he helped state police oversee the implementation of operations for both riverboat gaming and video poker."
Jones also spent more than 20 years as a criminal justice instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University and six years as an adjunct at Tulane University.