BATON ROUGE - Wednesday, Governor-Elect Bobby Jindal announced that District Attorney Jerry Jones will serve as the chair for his Crime and Public Safety Transition Advisory Council and Southern University Chancellor Freddie Pitcher will serve as vice chair. Jindal also announced that Jack Lawton will chair his Wildlife and Fisheries Transition Advisory Council and Mike Voision will serve as vice chair.
The Crime and Public Safety Transition Advisory Council's Law Enforcement and Corrections Group and Youth Development Group will conduct public hearings to collect testimony and make recommendations to Governor-Elect Jindal on crime and public safety issues pertaining to his Crime and Safety Reform plan announced during his campaign. The council chair and vice chair will also review candidates for the Secretary of the Department of Corrections and make recommendations to Jindal on the candidates.
The Wildlife and Fisheries Transition Advisory Council's chair and vice chair will review candidates for the Secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and make recommendations to Jindal on the candidates. Both Councils will announce their council members in the coming days.
Crime and Public Safety Transition Advisory Council Chair and Law Enforcement and Corrections Group Chair: Jerry Jones is the District Attorney for Ouachita and Morehouse Parishes, first elected in 1991. Jones has been a practicing trial attorney since 1978 and was formerly a partner in the law firm of Jones & Johnson. Jones previously taught public school for six years in the Morehouse Parish Public School System. He is the past president of the Louisiana District Attorney's Association (LDAA), a member of the Child Death Review Panel and a steering committee member of the Summit on Criminal Justice. Jones is a graduate of Tulane Law School.
Crime and Public Safety Transition Advisory Council Vice Chair and Law Enforcement and Corrections Group Vice Chair: Freddie Pitcher of Baton Rouge is the chancellor of Southern University and a retired judge on the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals. Pitcher became the first African American elected to a judgeship in Baton Rouge when he was elected to the City Court, and the first African American elected to the 19th Judicial District in a parish-wide election in 1987. Pitcher was also a partner in the firm of Pitcher, Tyson, Avery, and Cunningham, formerly served as a special counsel in the Office of the Attorney General for the State of Louisiana, and was an assistant district attorney for East Baton Rouge Parish. Pitcher has a bachelor's degree and a law degree from Southern University.
Youth Development Group Chair: Lynda Sadler Gavioli of Monroe is the executive director of the Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana, Inc. She is a founder and former program coordinator for the United Way Youth Volunteer Corps and a former co-chair of the Louisiana's Promise's Summit on Youth. Gavioli previously taught English at St. Frederick High School and served as president of the St. Frederick High School Board. She has a bachelor's of arts in English education from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
Youth Development Group Vice Chair: David Burton of DeRidder is the District Attorney in Beauregard Parish, first elected in 1991. Burton formerly served as an assistant district attorney, and previously worked as a lawyer in private practice. He currently serves as the president of the Louisiana District Attorney's Association. Burton has a law degree from LSU.
Wildlife and Fisheries Transition Advisory Council Chair: Jack Lawton, Jr. of Lake Charles is president and chief executive officer of Jack Lawton Companies, LLC. and is a former board member of the Calcasieu Marine National Bank. Lawton is a member or former office holder in numerous conservation organizations, including the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana, the Center for Coastal Conservation and the Delta Waterfowl. He is also a founding member of the Gulf Coast Conservation Association of Louisiana - the predecessor to CCA Louisiana. Lawton is also a former LSU football player under Coach Charlie McClendon, and currently serves as a board member of the Charlie McClendon Foundation which funds scholarships for the children of former football players.