Colonel Michael Edmonson was appointed as the 25th Superintendent of the Louisiana State Police in January 2008 by Governor Bobby Jindal. Earlier this month, he was selected by Governor Jindal to lead a Louisiana school safety study group in light of the December 14 shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.
Colonel Edmonson also serves as the Deputy Secretary of Public Safety Services and is responsible for an agency of more than 2900 employees and a budget of nearly one-half billion dollars. In his role as Deputy Secretary, Edmonson oversees the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, the Office of Management and Finance, the Office of Motor Vehicles, the Office of State Fire Marshal, the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office, and the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Commission. In the fall of 2012 upon the reelection of Governor Jindal, Edmonson was reappointed to the Governor’s Cabinet.
Edmonson is a career state police officer having joined the organization in 1981. He earned his Bachelor of Criminal Justice in 1980 from Louisiana State University. He also attended graduate school there and is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and the FBI National Executive Institute.
In September of 2012, Edmonson assumed the General Chair position of the International Association of Chiefs of Police – State and Provincial Police Section which represents the U.S. State Police agencies, RCMP, Canadian Provincial Police and Puerto Rico National Police.
From 1982-2008 Edmonson served as the head of security for the LSU Football Team and provided personal security for each LSU Head Football Coach, from Jerry Stovall to Les Miles.
Mike is married to Suzanne and they have four children: Brittney, Casey, Michael, and Cade. Active in civic, church and youth programs, he makes his home in Baton Rouge.
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