LT. GOVERNOR MITCH LANDRIEU ANNOUNCES SELECTION OF NEW SECRETARY FOR DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE, RECREATION AND TOURISM -- 12/19/2007
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December 19, 2007
LT. GOVERNOR MITCH LANDRIEU ANNOUNCES SELECTION OF NEW SECRETARY FOR DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE, RECREATION AND TOURISM
Dawn Romero Watson Chosen to Serve at CRT's Top Administrator
(Baton Rouge, LA) - Today, Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu announced Attorney Dawn Romero Watson as his choice for Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. Dawn Watson comes with great bipartisan experience, having served as Secretary of the Department of Labor under Governor Mike Foster and Deputy Executive Counsel for Governor Kathleen Blanco. She has served as Undersecretary in the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism for nearly two years.
"Dawn Watson brings a vast knowledge of state government, strong leadership skills and outstanding human relations skills to this position," said Lt. Governor Landrieu. "She is the perfect choice to advance the work done during my first administration."
Landrieu also said "Watson is well respected among legislators of both parties and her colleagues for her ability to build consensus and clearly articulate solutions to challenging issues. This experience will be invaluable working with stakeholders across the state and nationally."
Watson has also served as a staff attorney for the following committees: House and Governmental Affairs, Labor and Industrial Relations and Commerce.
"Dawn Romero Watson is a great choice for CRT Secretary," said Senator Mike Michot. "She is a skilled attorney and an able administrator. She is highly regarded in the legislature."
"Watson's strength lies in her ability to work well with people, said Senator Sharon Weston Broome. "As a seasoned public servant, she understands the value of those she works with and those she serves."
Watson will be charged with implementing Lt. Governor Landrieu's vision for the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism as an entrepreneurial, innovative and high-performing organization through four, measurable results:
1. Position Louisiana as a top tourism destination worldwide;