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MARKSVILLE, La. (The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of La.) – The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana has announced that Gov. John Bel Edwards has re-appointed Chief Harold Pierite to the State Police Commission.

Pierite, who was nominated by Loyola University, will represent the 5th Congressional District, which covers most of the northeastern and central portions of Louisiana and includes major cities like Monroe and Alexandria.

The State Police Commission is comprised of seven members that have exclusive jurisdiction and final authority over the administration of the state police service. The commission’s purpose is to serve as an impartial review board that authorizes and resolves State Police Commission Rules in order to regulate state police personnel activities, while also hearing appeals from hired, full-time law enforcement officers.

“I’m honored that Gov. Edwards continues to instill his trust in me to fulfill this role,” said Pierite. “I promise to serve the 5th Congressional District of Louisiana to the best of my abilities and to consistently and effectively perform my duties as a member of the commission.”

Pierite serves as a board member of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana and has been a member of the tribal council for more than 15 years. He currently serves as the chief of police for the Tunica-Biloxi Police Department and has done so for more than 20 years. He is a 1992 graduate of the Acadiana Law Enforcement Training Academy and received his Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in the same year. Prior to his role as chief of police with the Tunica-Biloxi Police Department, Pierite was employed as a Mansura patrol officer, Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol officer and a Tunica-Biloxi police officer.