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Panelist Bio


Colonel Michael Edmonson
La State Police Superintendent, co-director of the Governor's School Safety Study Group

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.

Current Topic


     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. (Recorded Monday, February 20)

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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