State Sen. Troy Hebert of Jeanerette has been appointed Commissioner for the Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control effective immediately, Louisiana State Police Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson said Wednesday.
Hebert fills the position created by the resignation of former ATC commissioner Murphy Painter of Ascension Parish.
“I had the opportunity to review the records of all the applicants and was impressed with the quality of the candidates and the extent of their qualifications,” Edmonson said. During the review process, Edmonson said he solicited feedback from law enforcement partners, industry officials, Revenue Secretary Cynthia Bridges and the public.”
The common theme was that it is time for the agency to move forward with new leadership,” Edmonson said. “I congratulate Commissioner Troy Hebert on his selection.”
Hebert said that after nearly 20 years in elected office, he is looking forward to a new chapter in his life.
“The office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control is a critical regulatory agency and it is important that we are receptive to consumers and industry,” he said. “I'm honored the Governor's appointment will allow me to continue serving my great state and I'm ready to get to work right away."