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Panelist Bio


Johnny B. Bradberry
Secretary, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development

Mr. Bradberry was appointed Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Development by Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco on April 1, 2004. In this capacity, he leads a staff of approximately 5,300 with an annual budget of more than $1.2 billion. DOTD produces an annual construction program of more than $600 million and is responsible for highway maintenance and construction, intermodal transportation and water resources, and flood control programs.

Prior to his appointment, Bradberry's professional career spanned almost 27 years in the oil and gas industry with ConocoPhilips Company of Houston, Texas. His industrial experience includes having served as a senior oil and gas manager, both domestic and international, in the exploration and production areas. Other positions held at ConocoPhilips included: Director of Engineering Recruiting, North American Operations Coordinator, Division Engineering Manager, Manager of Business Development, Asset Manager/Acting Vice President of Operations for Dubai Petroleum Company (Dubai, United Arab Emirates), and Gulf Coast Asset Manager and Extraction Manager.

Bradberry is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Petroleum Institute. He served on the executive subcommittee of the Offshore Operators Committee and currently serves on the Industry Advisory Council of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Petroleum Engineering Department.

Bradberry received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas in 1973. He earned his Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Louisiana State University in 1976. He also participated in the University Management Development Program at the University of Pittsburgh, Katz School of Business in 1992, and the Manager of the Future Development Program in 2000-2001. Bradberry has also completed some graduate work in Petroleum Engineering at Tulane University.

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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. (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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