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Bobby W. Edmiston
Bossier Parish Assessor

Mr. Edmiston is a native of Bossier Parish, Louisiana , and a graduate of Airline High School , class of 1979. He attended Louisiana Tech University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984. During that time he served in the Louisiana National Guard. Mr. Edmiston is married to Stephanie DeLay Edmiston. They have two children, Ashley and Jesse.

Prior to his election as Bossier Parish Assessor, Mr. Edmiston worked in the banking industry for 14 years. He ended a successful banking career with Bank One as a Business Development manager.

Mr. Edmiston met the educational requirements to become a Certified Louisiana Assessor (CLA) in November 2000. He has completed 219 hours of education in International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) courses. His professional organizations include the IAAO and the Louisiana Assessor’s Association, where he serves on the Legislative Committee and as PAC Chairman.

Since elected as the Bossier Parish Assessor in 1999, Mr. Edmiston has modernized the Assessor’s office by upgrading the computer system. He’s also developed a website where taxpayers can obtain information and conduct business through the Internet. He is currently developing a Geographical Information System (GIS).

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     02/17 - Black & the Blue

What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm; Sunday, February 26 at 1pm and Tuesday, February 28 at 10pm after the State of the Union address on LPB HD. In New Orleans on WLAE, Wednesday, February 22 at 7 PM. (Recording Monday, February 20)


Invitation, details and directions (pdf format)

Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.
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