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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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08/16 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference (encore)

What difference has a decade made?

Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.

“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.

The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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