Meet the Executive Staff

Secretary Jack Montoucet

Governor John Bel Edwards tapped Jack Montoucet as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in January of 2017. Montoucet, from Scott, Louisiana, served District 42 (the Crowley area) in the Louisiana House of Representatives since 2008 before accepting the appointment. Montoucet previously owned Jacques’ Crocs & Farm Pride Processors, an alligator farming business. For 30 years, he was involved in growing and marketing the Alligator Farming Program under LDWF, serving as president of the Louisiana Alligator Association. He also served as the chief of the Lafayette Fire Department.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bryan McClinton – Undersecretary

Bryan McClinton has been LDWF's Undersecretary since 2013. He oversees the Office of Management and Finance, which is responsible for fiscal and human resource management, information processing systems, licensing, procurement and general administrative services. McClinton, from Livonia, Louisiana, previously served the state as a budget manager for the Louisiana Department of Corrections. He holds a B.S. in Finance from Louisiana State University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Randy Myers – Assistant Secretary/Wildlife

Randy Myers, from Franklinton, Louisiana, was named Assistant Secretary/Wildlife in 2016. Myers, who has an undergraduate degree in wildlife from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree in wetlands ecology from Southeastern Louisiana University, has held several positions at LDWF, both in fisheries and wildlife. Myers has served as the inland fisheries manager and North American Wetlands Conservation Act biologist and directed the land acquisition and Wildlife Management Area programs, among other jobs. Myers now oversees the Wildlife Division, which is charged with enhancing and conserving the habitat necessary to maintain the state’s species diversity and optimum distribution of wildlife populations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patrick Banks – Assistant Secretary/Fisheries

Patrick Banks was appointed Assistant Secretary/Fisheries in 2016. Prior to that, he served as biologist director of the Marine Fisheries Division. Banks, from Glenville, Georgia, holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Mercer University and a M.S. in Zoology from Louisiana State University. He is a member of the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Oyster Technical Task Force and the Nature Conservancy’s Oyster Goals Science Advisory Team. In his current role, Banks oversees the Marine and Inland Fisheries Divisions, which are charged with managing the state’s aquatic fish populations and habitats for the conservation and improvement of recreational and commercial fishing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sammy Martin – Enforcement Division Colonel

Col. Sammy Martin was promoted to Colonel, the highest position in LDWF’s Enforcement Division, in September 2017. Col. Martin, of Chauvin, graduated from the Louisiana POST Training Academy in 1982 and then served 15 years as a field agent. In 1997, he was promoted to Lieutenant to serve as a district supervisor and then in 2004 was promoted to Captain in charge of the Thibodaux office, responsible for patrolling St. James, St John, Assumption, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne, and Lafourche parishes. Col. Martin came to headquarters in 2009 when he was promoted to Major and oversaw four of the Enforcement Division’s eight regions. In 2014, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and oversaw the Enforcement Division’s boating safety program as the states Boating Law Administrator, budget, search and rescue, training, emergency services, statewide strike force, maritime security, public information, quartermaster, communications, and aviation sections, among other duties. Col. Martin has received numerous awards during his career including LDWF’s Outstanding Agent of the Year in 1992, three Meritorious Service Awards, and the Chief’s Award in 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cole Garrett – Legislative Liaison

LDWF’s Legislative Liaison and Policy Attorney since 2010, Cole Garrett oversees legislative, policy and legal matters for the Secretary. Prior to his employment with LDWF, he served as a clerk for the Honorable Guy Holdrige. Garrett holds a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds a J.D. from Louisiana State University Law School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ed Pratt – Press Secretary

LDWF’s Press Secretary since October 2016, Ed Pratt oversees most of the agency’s engagement with local, state and national news media, works with some in-house and public presentations and publications. Pratt, who has a B.A. in Journalism from Southern University, has held media director positions at three government agencies in Louisiana. He has been a reporter and editor at newspapers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Orlando, Florida. He has won a number of reporting awards, most notably from the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Institute for Southern Studies and The Associated Press.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yolanda Martin – General Counsel

Yolanda Martin is the General Counsel for LDWF and serves as the agency’s chief legal advisor. She also serves as General Counsel for the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. Prior to her current role, Martin served as Deputy General Counsel and Land Acquisition Attorney for LDWF. Since joining the agency in 2008, she has helped conserve and preserve more than 50,000 acres of land for the purpose of providing public recreational opportunities and conserving the state's diverse, indigenous natural resources. Martin is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana and Southern University Law Center. She is actively involved in the community through the Baton Rouge Delta Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Junior League of Baton Rouge.