Jindal announces new Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Chairman upon resignation of Garret Graves
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — On Tuesday, Governor Bobby Jindal announced that Garret Graves will step down as Chair of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), a role he has held for over six years.
In his place, the Governor announced the appointment of Jerome Zeringue. Graves’ last day will be February 17.
Within a few months of his appointment, Graves began one of the most significant streamlining efforts in the history of the state's coastal program. He led Louisiana’s efforts to improve hurricane protection and coastal restoration following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and helped coordinate the state’s response and recovery to Hurricanes Gustav, Ike, Isaac, tropical storms, historic water levels on the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers and the BP oil spill.
Chairman Graves said, “This has been the best job ever and I would not trade these experiences for anything. It has been such an honor to work with so many good people in Louisiana.”
To replace Graves, Governor Jindal selected a veteran in hurricane protection and coastal restoration, Jerome Zeringue. Zeringue, or “Zee,” currently serves as the Executive Director of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.
Graves said about Zeringue, “There are just a few people in this world that rank up there with Zee. His integrity is impeccable and his dedication to Louisiana is strong. He has earned tremendous respect and will do a great job.”
Zeringue also commented on his upcoming role, “As a resident of Houma, I have watched our coast disappear and our communities become more vulnerable every year. I have also witnessed how the right investments in hurricane protection and coastal restoration can pay dividends. There are two choices in Louisiana – we can aggressively move forward in implementing the coastal master plan or we can repeat the Katrina scenario in south Louisiana over and over again.”
Kyle Graham will replace Zeringue as Executive Director.