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Legier, Landry appointed to lead ATC

Posted at 3:57 PM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 16:59:07-04

Terry Landry, a retired State Police Superintendent and former state representative for Lafayette, Iberia and St. Martin Parishes, has been appointed deputy commissioner of the state Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, Gov. John Bel Edwards has announced.

Also appointed today was Ernest P. Legier Jr., as commissioner. He has been serving as acting ATC commissioner since June.

“I’m pleased to make these announcements today and look forward to working with both Ernest Legier and Terry Landry,” said Gov. Edwards. “I have every confidence that their experience, knowledge and leadership will build upon the agency’s effective regulation of the alcohol and tobacco industries.”

Legier has worked with ATC since 2016, when he joined the office as supervising attorney. He served later as chief of staff and deputy commissioner. Legier’s private-sector experience includes more than 20 years practicing law and tenures as executive director of Orleans Parish Hospital Service District A and vice president of business development for the American Arbitration Association. He earned a B.A. in political science from the University of New Orleans and a Juris Doctor from Loyola University of New Orleans. He will complete his MBA from UNO in December 2020. Legier is a veteran of the Louisiana Air National Guard.

Terry C. Landry is a former state lawmaker who represented House District 96, including parts of Iberia, Lafayette and St. Martin parishes, from 2011 to 2019. His long career in public service also includes duty in the U.S. Army, the New Iberia Police Department and Louisiana State Police (LSP), where he made history as the first African-American superintendent of LSP.

The appointments of Commissioner Legier and Deputy Commissioner Landry are effective immediately.