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Panelist Bio


Rodney Geyen
Lake Charles City Councilman

Lake Charles City Councilman Rodney Geyen, born in 1941, was elected to the Lake Charles City Council District C in April 1997. The Calcasieu Parish School Board has employed Councilman Geyen as an educator for the past 36 years and is presently the principal of T.H. Watkins Elementary.

Councilman Geyen attended W.O. Boston High School, Grambling State University earning a bachelor of science degree and McNeese State University earning a master's +30 in administration and supervision. Councilman Geyen is married to the former Margaret Guillory and they have four children, Dana, Gerard, Terri and Kelly with three grand children.

Councilman Geyen worked for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Department for 21 years in the capacity of Assistant Supervisor of Patrol for 11 years. He coached football, basketball, and track for 21 years. He was assistant principal for 5 years and principal for 10 years.

Councilman Geyen was elected vice-president of the council in 1998, president in 1999 and served as interim mayor for 4 months in 2000, becoming the first African American to serve as mayor in the city of Lake Charles. He has received the Trailblazer Award given by the NAACP. He was listed as Who's Who in the Grambling State University Alumni News Magazine. He was selected Principal of the Year in 1999 and was the regional winner and a state finalist.

Councilman Geyen is member of Reeves Temple C.M.E. Church, a member of the Board of Trustees, a member of Calcasieu Principal's Association, Calcasieu Association of Educators, Louisiana Education Association, Louisiana Municipal Association and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

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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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