Panelist: Col. Mike Edmonson
Colonel Michael Edmonson was appointed as the 25th Superintendent of the Louisiana State Police in January 2008 by Governor Bobby Jindal.
He also serves as the Deputy Secretary of Public Safety Services and is responsible for an agency of more than 2,900 employees and a budget of nearly one-half billion dollars.
In his role as Deputy Secretary, Edmonson oversees the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission,
the Office of Management and Finance, the Office of Motor Vehicles, the Office of
State Fire Marshal, the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office, and the Liquefied
Petroleum Gas Commission.
Edmonson is a career state police officer having joined the organization in 1981. He earned his Bachelor of Criminal Justice in 1980 from Louisiana State University. He also attended graduate school there and is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and the FBI National Executive Institute.
Edmonson began his career at Troop A in Baton Rouge, where like all new troopers he patrolled the highways carrying out law enforcement duties. Before leaving Troop A he was appointed to serve as the local Public Information Officer. That assignment would be a defining point in his career, ultimately increasing his public profile and giving him the opportunity to impact the safety of citizens throughout the state.
He later became the chief spokesperson for the agency, and in his role as the public
affairs supervisor, he represented the agency at thousands of events, safety talks
and public safety educational initiatives. Programs that he helped to develop earned
national, regional and local awards for their creativity and impact.
Edmonson’s assignments in State Police afforded him with unique opportunities to implement and supervise a variety of support activities that benefited troopers throughout the state. He directed the complex implementation of a statewide 800 MGz communications system, supervised the implementation of a statewide automated fueling system, and oversaw the acquisition and maintenance of a statewide fleet of nearly 1600 vehicles.
Edmonson’s service and contributions would help state and regional public safety agencies better coordinate their law enforcement efforts. As a commander he administered the operations of the statewide Law Enforcement Network, the state’s Sex Offender Registry, and a state-of-the-art Automated Fingerprint Identification System.
As a command inspector he managed the training activities of the State Police and
oversaw the Joint Emergency Services Training Center, a 1,500 acre $42 million first
responder training facility. He is also a founding Board member and a former state
coordinator for the Louisiana Amber Alert System.
From 1982-2008 Edmonson served as the head of security for the LSU Football Team and provided personal security for each LSU Head Football Coach, from Jerry Stovall to Les Miles.
Mike is married to Suzanne and they have four children: Brittney, Casey, Michael, and Cade. Active in civic, church and youth programs, he makes his home in Baton Rouge.