Randy Myers and Patrick Banks will fill the two assistant secretary spots in the new administration, newly appointed Department of Wildlife and Fisheries secretary Charlie Melancon announced this week.
Myers, who recently retired from the LDWF’s Inland Fisheries Section, will take the assistant secretary post in the agency’s Wildlife Division. Banks, who headed the LDWF’s Oyster Study group during this decade, will take over the Fisheries Division.
The LDWF announcement noted Myers was a LDWF 23-year employee, who holds a degree in wildlife management from LSU and an advanced degree in wetlands ecology from Southeastern Louisiana. Myers replaces Jimmy Anthony, who is retiring in March after 40 years with the department.
Banks has worked in the agency for 15 years, mostly in the Marine Fisheries Section and is a graduate of Mercer in Macon, Georgia. He got his master’s degree in zoology at LSU. Banks is replacing Randy Pausina, who held the assistant secretary spot for the past eight years under then agency secretary Robert Barham. Pausina is remaining in the Fisheries Division.
Other staff announcements by Melancon included:
Bryan McClinton will retain his position of undersecretary, a job he’s held for the past three years. The position is responsible for management, financial and human resources sections of the agency;
Col. Joey Broussard, a 25-year veteran, will remain chief of the Enforcement Division;
Cole Garrett, who has been the department’s legislative liaison and policy attorney, will retain that position;
And, Toby Gascon was named to a new position, “Analytics Specialist.” In the announcement, Melancon said Gascon will “oversee initiatives to improve efficiency and effectiveness of key processes within LDWF and across divisions and operating groups. He will be responsible for analyzing the effectiveness of programs and developing recommendations to improve or resolve substantive problems that affect agency services.”
Gascon is a Nicholls State graduate who has been a member of the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission’s State Federal Coordinating Committee and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Advisory Committee on menhaden.