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Allen Reynolds
Former State Civil Service Director, Retired State Employees Association Board Member

Allen began his career with the Department of State Civil Service in 1973. He served in several different positions within the Department including Undersecretary and Deputy Director. The State Civil Service Commission appointed him as Director in May 1996, first in an acting capacity and then later as the permanent Director. He served in that position until he retired in May 2005.

Under his leadership the Department and Commission implemented several major changes in the Civil Service program. Partially as a result of these initiatives, the International Public Management Association for Human Resources selected the Department for its Large Agency of the Year Award in 2003.

During his career, Allen was active in several professional organizations. He also served for many years as a member and Chairman of Louisiana’s Comprehensive Public Training Program, the state’s management development program. He received the Charles E. Dunbar Career Service Award and the Monte M. Lemann Award in recognition of his contributions to the State of Louisiana.

Following retirement, he became active in the Retired State Employees Association serving first as President of the Baton Rouge Chapter and then later as Executive Director. He currently serves as an at-large member of the Association Board.

Allen and his wife, Flory, have two children and spend as much time as possible with them and their five grandchildren.




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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. (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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