With re-election behind him, Gov. Bobby Jindal is concentrating on who will serve in his Cabinet over the next four years.
Jindal and his chief of staff, Stephen Waguespack, are meeting with the Cabinet secretaries who advise the governor on health care, the budget and other issues.
Most secretaries indicate they want to remain with the Jindal administration, leaving their fates in the hands of the governor.
The governor’s spokesman, Kyle Plotkin, said decisions would be made in the next few weeks on the Cabinet’s makeup.
Jindal’s Cabinet numbers 16 members. Some have been with the governor since the start of his first term. Others succeeded original Cabinet members.
State Department of Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret is among those who have been with the Jindal administration for four years. He did not hedge about his desire to keep his job.
“I look forward to continuing my service to Gov. Jindal and Louisiana. Obviously, I serve at the pleasure of the governor,” Moret said.
State Police Col. Mike Edmonson said he “absolutely” wants to serve the governor for another term.
“I’ve enjoyed my first four years,” he said. “Certainly, I am willing if asked to continue.”
State Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein said he would like to continue to serve the people of Louisiana. Greenstein oversees one of the largest budgets in state government.
State Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater got his job after the governor’s previous top budget aide left. Rainwater said he would like to stay on for the next four years.
At the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Pat Santos still is the interim director several months after his predecessor left to become a Wal-Mart Inc. executive. His spokeswoman, Veronica Mosgrove, said Santos wants to stay.
“I’m looking forward to the next term with the great team we have,” said Curt Eysink, executive director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
State Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham also hopes to keep his job.
“I enjoy what I’m doing and I will be delighted to stay if that’s the governor’s pleasure,” Barham said.
State Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Sherri LeBas and state Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Peggy Hatch can be counted among those looking for job retention.
The secretaries of the corrections and natural resources departments did not respond to requests for comment on their plans.
Other agency leaders simply confirmed they will meet with the governor to discuss their future.
“We’ve made great progress at the Department of Revenue, and it’s been a pleasure to serve in the Jindal administration,” state Department of Revenue Secretary Cynthia Bridges said in a prepared statement. ?”We’ll be meeting in the coming weeks to discuss how I might continue to contribute in the governor’s second term.”
State Department of Children and Family Services Secretary Ruth Johnson and Veterans Affairs Secretary Lane Carson said they will sit down with the governor to discuss their future roles.
At least one Cabinet secretary appears to have job security for now.
State Inspector General Stephen Street said he is serving a six-year term that doesn’t expire until 2014.
“I will be here doing the best I can,” he said.