Johns, Lestage appointed by Edwards

On Friday, July 23, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced his appointments to several Louisiana boards and commissions.

The Louisiana Gaming Control Board regulates all gaming activities under its jurisdiction in a manner which instills public confidence and trust that gaming activities are conducted honestly and free from criminal and corruptive elements; to insure the integrity of individual gaming activities by the regulation of persons, practices, associations and activities within the gaming industry.

Ronnie S. Johns of Sulphur has been appointed to the Louisiana Gaming Control Board. Johns is the former senator from Louisiana Senate District 27. He will represent the 3rd Congressional District and will serve as the chairman.

The Louisiana Drug Control and Violent Crime Policy Board reviews the needs of the state and local governments to make recommendations of funding to the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control drug trafficking, drug related crime, and violent crime.

James R. “Jimmy” Lestage of DeRidder was appointed to the Louisiana Drug Control and Violent Crime Policy Board. Lestage is the district attorney in Beauregard Parish. He was nominated by the Louisiana District Attorneys Association and will represent district attorneys from the western area of the state.