- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Wednesday that he is keeping his predecessor’s picks to lead Louisiana’s juvenile corrections office and the state’s financial regulatory agency.

The governor is reappointing Mary Livers as deputy secretary for the Office of Juvenile Justice and John Ducrest as commissioner of the Office of Financial Institutions.

Livers was appointed to the position in October 2008 by former Gov. Bobby Jindal after working in three other states’ corrections agencies. The Office of Juvenile Justice manages juvenile incarceration as well as prevention and diversion programs for at-risk youth.

Ducrest has been in his job for more than a decade for two previous governors, Kathleen Blanco and Jindal. Blanco named him commissioner in June 2004, and Jindal reappointed him.

The Office of Financial Institutions regulates many of the businesses that provide financial services in Louisiana. Ducrest has worked for the agency for 30 years, starting in 1985 as a financial examiner.

Edwards spokeswoman Shauna Sanford said Livers will keep her $123,614 annual salary and Ducrest will receive $145,000 a year.

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