Deputy Secretary Named Leader Of LA Economic Development

BATON ROUGE (AP) — The deputy secretary of Louisiana's economic development department is moving up to the agency's top job.

         Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Friday that Steven Grissom will become secretary of the department beginning Monday, taking over from Stephen Moret. Moret is leaving to lead LSU's chief fundraising organization.

         Grissom has been in the agency's second-ranking position since 2008, nearly all of Jindal's time as governor. Before that, he worked with Moret at the Baton Rouge Area Chamber.

         In a statement, Jindal described Grissom as being a "key part" of the economic development department's leadership.

         Jindal's office says Grissom won't receive Moret's $320,000 annual salary. Instead, he'll remain at his current $237,500 pay level.

         The appointment for the Jindal administration will be a brief one. The term-limited governor leaves office in January.



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