- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne has appointed Dwight Landreneau as assistant secretary of the Office of State Parks, which manages 22 state parks and 17 state historic sites.

Landreneu previously served in the position under then Lt. Gov. Kathleen Blanco. The agency also manages two state preservation areas, the Louisiana Outdoors Outreach Program, several grant management programs and Poverty Point World Heritage Site.

Landrenau will replace Stuart Johnson, who retired last year after more than 17 years of service. Dardenne, in a statement Tuesday, said Landreneau will start immediately and lead the 441-employee agency for the balance of the term, which ends Jan. 11, 2016.

Landreneau also spent 2½ years as head of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and most recently was associate vice chancellor at the LSU AgCenter.

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