BATON ROUGE — On Oct. 2, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced his appointments to several Louisiana boards and commissions. 

Robert S. Noel, of Zachary, and Leslie R. Chambers, of Prairieville, were appointed to the Louisiana Public Defender Board Optimal Funding Group.

Noel is the director of training at the Louisiana Public Defender Board.

Chambers is the criminal law policy adviser to the Governor's Office.

The Louisiana Public Defender Board Optimal Funding Group’s mission is to ensure public funding of the right to counsel is provided for, free of political and judicial interference, and to provide the right to counsel by qualified and competent council.