Starting Monday, former Gov. Bobby Jindal policy adviser Chance McNeely will be taking the helm as assistant secretary of the state Department of Environmental Quality Office of Environmental Compliance.
The 2010 LSU graduate has been one of the governor’s policy advisers since March 2014 and as part of that has been a liaison between DEQ and the Governor’s Office, DEQ Secretary Peggy Hatch said.
“He was completely my choice. He has been our policy adviser at DEQ on a number of matters,” Hatch said.
The Office of Environmental Compliance includes inspections to make sure facilities are following the terms of their permits, response to complaints, evaluation of air and water conditions around the state, underground storage tank regulations and issues and enforcement duties within DEQ.
McNeely didn’t return phone calls or emails for comment. His LinkedIn profile shows he graduated from LSU with a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural business. According to a September Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness newsletter, McNeely graduated in May 2010.
According to his LinkedIn account, McNeely worked in the U.S. House of Representatives from August 2010 to September 2010 in a temporary position. He then moved to a job as program assistant with the National Rifle Association from September 2010 to May 2011.
He went back to the U.S. House of Representatives as a legislative assistant in May 2011 where he worked for almost three years.
In March, he joined as a policy adviser with Louisiana’s Office of the Governor.
McNeely will fill a vacancy left when Cheryl Nolan resigned to go back to a former job as an air permit administrator with DEQ, Hatch said.
“I was real impressed with him. He was the first who came to my head when she gave me her resignation,” Hatch said about McNeely.
As the liaison for DEQ to the Governor’s Office, McNeely helped on air quality issues, the Explo Systems explosive issues near Minden and landfill matters, Hatch said. She said she believes McNeely will bring a fresh view to the department.
“I wanted a different perspective,” Hatch said.
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