On December 5, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that Johnny Bradberry will resign effective January 1, 2019 as executive assistant for Coastal Activities and board chair of Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA). Bradberry is leaving for an opportunity in the private sector.
“Protecting and restoring our coast is one of the state’s most important efforts, and Johnny has worked steadfastly at ensuring it continues to support communities that rely on it now and will for future generations,” said Gov. Edwards. “His leadership has helped elevate the implementation and advancement of coastal projects that are integral to the state’s coastal program, and I am grateful for his service. I wish him much success in his new endeavor.”
“It’s been the honor of my professional career to serve Gov. Edwards and the many contingencies that represent coastal Louisiana,” said Bradberry. “I feel comfortable knowing that I am leaving the coastal program better than I found it, and I am leaving it in capable hands. I will always be grateful to Gov. Edwards for this opportunity and thankful that he truly is a champion of our coast.”
Bradberry was appointed in January 2016. Some of CPRA's accomplishments made under the Edwards' Administration include:
- Helping garner the unanimous adoption of Louisiana’s 2017 edition of the $50 billion, 50-year Coastal Master Plan by the legislature.
- Streamlining and accelerating the implementation of coastal projects in response to receipt of Deepwater Horizon settlement funds.
- Partnering with White House Council on Environmental Quality, Office of Management and Budget and Louisiana’s congressional delegation to improve the permitting timeline for the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion project.
- The inclusion of Louisiana’s Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion project on the Federal Fast 41 Infrastructure Permitting Dashboard, a government-wide effort to streamline the federal permitting and review process while increasing transparency.
- Signing a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Trump administration which commits to a 2-year federal permitting timeline for the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion Project and builds on Gov. Edwards’ request to the White House Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council. Gov. Edwards has named Chip Kline to serve as the interim chair of CPRA. Kline is currently serving as the deputy director for coastal activities.