During his monthly call-in radio show, Governor John Bel Edwards thanked State Police Col. Mike Edmonson for his more than three and a half decades of service. The governor accepted Edmonson’s retirement on Wednesday, effective March 24th. He says he and the Colonel have been talking about the issue for the past few days.
“Colonel Edmonson came to the conclusion that it was just the right time for him, and I think perhaps for the agency and for the state, for him to retire,” Edwards said.
The retirement announcement comes as multiple agencies are investigating LSP’s travel spending. Edwards says the Colonel was the longest serving Superintendent of State Police ever, heading the department for 9 years under two different administrations. The governor says from here, he will appoint an interim Superintendent.
“While the interim serves for a period of 30 or 45 days, something like that, I will use that time to select the next permanent Superintendent of State Police,” Edwards said.
Edwards says for a permanent Superintendent, he is looking for someone who is a good communicator with leadership skills and can manage a large operation. He says as Deputy Secretary for Public Safety Services, Edmonson was also over the Office of Motor Vehicles, the Fire Marshal’s Office, and highway safety.
“There is a lot to manage there. So you have to have someone with the ability to do all of that and someone who is going to continue to maintain really good relationships across the state of Louisiana with the entire law enforcement community,” Edwards said.