Jan 30, 2007
BATON ROUGE - Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco appointed Mr. Claude Mercer of Rayville, a former state trooper, to the Louisiana Gaming Control Board today.
Mercer, an appointee from the Fifth Congressional District, has over 30 years of training and experience in the fields of investigation and law enforcement. His career with State Police ran from 1973 until he retired at the rank of Major in 2004. Mercer then worked for the Fifth Judicial District as an investigator until August 2006.
While with the State Police, Major Mercer worked closely with the Gaming Control Board as the commander of the Bureau of Investigations, Gaming Section.
Mercer received a bachelor of science degree in education from what is now ULM in 1968.
Under Louisiana Gaming Control Law, this position requires the member to have "expertise in investigation and law enforcement which shall include at a minimum possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited school and at least ten years of verifiable training and experience in the fields of investigation and law enforcement."
This member of the board was appointed from nominees submitted by the president of each of the state's public academic institutions of higher education (LSU System, Southern System, ULL, ULM, SLU, Northwestern, La Tech, Grambling, McNeese, and Nicholls) and the presidents of Centenary College, Dillard University, Loyola University, Tulane University, Xavier University, and Our Lady of Holy Cross College.