GOVERNOR BLANCO NAMES BRYANT HAMMETT AS SECRETARY OF THE LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES

Release Date: 11/01/2006

Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco today announced Bryant Hammett will be appointed secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Hammett, a former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, joined the Blanco recovery team as the head of state and local government infrastructure in July.


"Bryant is a dedicated and talented leader who makes a real difference for our state.  He will be a valuable member of my cabinet as secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and I look forward to working with him as we manage and protect our state's bountiful natural resources," Blanco said.


In July, Hammett joined Gov. Blanco's disaster recovery team and led efforts to restore state and local government infrastructure following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  He represented Concordia, Tensas, Madison and East Carroll parishes in the state legislature and served on the Natural Resources Committee, the Ways and Means Committee and is a former Chairman of the Louisiana House of Representatives' Rural Caucus in Louisiana.


Hammett is a civil engineer, registered professional environmental engineer and registered professional surveyor.  He has operated an engineering firm in Concordia Parish for 22 years.


Janice Lansing, who is serving in the interim role since the departure of the secretary, will resume her previous position as undersecretary of the Office of Management and Finance.


"I appreciate Janice's willingness to serve the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in the interim base and thank her for her continued service to our state. I believe they will make a very good team," Blanco added.


Hammett will take the helm of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in early December.


For more information, contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.louisiana.gov.
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