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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The panelists are
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• James D. Garvey, Jr. , BESE Board President
• Scott Richard, Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D- Baton Rouge; House Education Committee
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