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Panelist Bio


Frank L. Jobert, Jr.
Executive Director, Retired State Employees Association (RSEA)

Frank Jobert is currently the Executive Director of the Retired State Employees Association (RSEA). RSEA is an independent, membership driven organization that represents men and women and their families, who have retired or will retire from employment with the State of Louisiana. RSEA’s mission is to advance the quality of life of current and future retired state employees who have given of their talents to the State of Louisiana.

Frank retired in 2003 after more than thirty years with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections having served in a variety of administrative positions including Assistant Warden and Warden of juvenile and adult prison facilities, respectively. He is a former trustee on the Louisiana State Employees’ Retirement System (LASERS) and served in that capacity from 1994-2001. He was Chairman of the Board of LASERS in 1996 and Investment Committee Chair in 2000 and 2001.

During his career, Frank was actively involved on several Boards including the Louisiana Association of Wardens and Superintendents, the Department of Corrections Credit Union, Council of Louisiana Trustees, and LASERS. Frank is currently a trustee on the Harbor Police Retirement System Board of Directors.

Frank holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University- New Orleans and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of New Orleans (UNO). He is married to the former Deborah Ann Smith, who is a pediatric dental assistant. Frank and Debbie have two children, Ryan, a graduate in Finance and the Master of Business Administration program from the University of New Orleans; and Megan, a student at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA., majoring in business administration.

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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 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE. (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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