Gov. John Bel Edwards has appointed a new deputy chief of staff to over see constituents services and other special programs nearly three months after his former aide resigned amid a sexual harassment investigation.
Adren O. Wilson is CEO of Public Allies, an AmeriCorps national service program, at which he has led an expansion in the Gulf South and into New Orleans.
He's slated to start his new role as Edwards' as deputy chief of staff for programs and planning next month.
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“Dr. Wilson is an exciting addition to our team and will bring years of government, non-profit and public policy expertise to our work in service to the people of Louisiana,” Edwards said in a statement. “With deep roots right here in Louisiana, I know that he will help us grapple with the great challenges before us as we work to improve the quality of life and opportunities for all Louisianans.”
Wilson replaces Johnny Anderson, who had been with the governor's office since the January 2016 inauguration but resigned in November after Edwards launched an internal investigation into the claims that he harassed a woman who was also a state employee at the time.
The state has retained an outside attorney in anticipation of litigation from the woman. Anderson has denied all sexual harassment allegations — past and present — that have been lodged against him.
Wilson has previously served as assistant secretary at the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services. He also served as executive director of the Louisiana Children’s Cabinet.
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"I am extremely humbled and excited to work for Governor Edwards and the people of Louisiana in this important role,” Wilson said in a statement. “Louisiana is moving in the right direction and I am thrilled to serve."