Kevin Davis, originally of Slidell, was appointed
by Governor Jindal in December, 2011 as the Director of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security
and Emergency Preparedness, he is responsible for all aspects of preparedness, response, and,
recovery in the State.
Kevin was the first Parish President to serve under
St. Tammany’s Home Rule Charter, he lead St. Tammany to a modern, stream-lined
Under his leadership, St. Tammany Parish
produced its first comprehensive annual financial report and received its first unqualified,
or clean, audit. The comprehensive report was recognized three times with the highest
recognition given in public accounting from the Government Finance Officers Association of
the United States and Canada.
Kevin has been nicknamed the “Road Warrior”
for his aggressive lobbying of state government to improve state roads in St. Tammany. From 2000
to 2010, a total of $143,853,660 was invested in road work in St. Tammany, both District Roads
and Parish Roads. Also, a total of $6,477,911 was spent on drainage projects in the parish.
Major improvements were made in drainage.
The Office of Emergency Preparedness was
modernized to insure better response during hurricanes and other emergencies. A new
Emergency Operations Center was created in the old courthouse in downtown Covington where
all first-response agencies, from utilities to fire services, convene to coordinate emergency
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita put the Emergency
Operations Center to its strongest test. Over 13,000 task orders were issued during these
emergencies from the EOC, directing St. Tammany’s immediate response and recovery.
These same leadership skills were put to
the test in 2010, as the British Petroleum oil spill polluted the Gulf of Mexico. Discovering
that there was no plan to protect Lake Pontchartrain from oil intrusion, Davis created a plan
and coordinated its implementation with all the parishes surrounding the lake as well as with
the United States Coast Guard.
In a 2005 Times Picayune editorial,
Ron Thibodeaux wrote: “Our elected leaders have kept their cool, remained focused,
and launched effective short-term recovery efforts throughout the parish, while stepping
up to engage the FEMA bureaucracy when necessary. In the midst of this crisis many of our
officials – particularly Parish President Kevin Davis – have risen to the challenge of
effective leadership free of hysterics, public meltdowns or petty bickering.”
Under Kevin’s leadership, the Parish
reduced the number of boards and commissions, created a litter abatement program,
and created an office to coordinate the efforts of the numerous social service agencies in
St. Tammany. The Parish’s Mobile Community Information Center received an achievement award
from the National Association of Counties as a model program.
Kevin expanded the services that
make St. Tammany a great community including the creation of the St. Tammany Commission on
Cultural Affairs, the creation of a business development office, the expansion of the Tammany
Trace, which Kevin originally envisioned, expanded Animal Services, and the New Directions 2025
Comprehensive Growth Management Plan for the parish.
Kevin has been honored by dozens of
organizations, from the American Planning Association Louisiana Chapter to the St. Tammany
Parish Economic Development Foundation.