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LDR Announces New Appointments in the Office of the Secretary

November 09, 2012

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) Executive Counsel Tim Barfield announced today the appointment of Jarrod J. Coniglio, Chief of Staff; Jason M. DeCuir, Assistant Secretary/Office of Legal Affairs; and Douglas E. Baker, Director of Communications.

Coniglio formerly served LDR as Assistant Secretary/Tax Administration from 2008-2010 where he researched and formulated policies and procedures for maximum efficiency in the collection division, the agency’s eight regional offices, and LDR’s customer service division. He also initiated an agency wide improvement plan that sought to streamline processes across divisions to maximize efficiency of service to Louisiana taxpayers. Prior to his service in state government, his career was in the arena of banking and finance where he served as Vice-President of Consumer Banking at JP Morgan Chase and as manager of several divisions within Wells Fargo. Coniglio returns to LDR from the Eaton Group Attorneys in Baton Rouge where he served as Chief Operating Officer specializing in legal recoveries, performance management and strategic planning. He holds the BS/Finance from Louisiana State University.

DeCuir formerly served as Chief of Staff of the agency, and he was promoted into the reorganized office of the Assistant Secretary/Office of Legal Affairs. In this role, he will oversee the entire litigation division, direct the formulation and promulgation of LDR’s policy division, and serve as a key leader in matters pertaining to all proposed tax reform legislation. A former law clerk to the Honorable Chief Judge Frank J. Polozoa in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, DeCuir has specialized in the areas of corporate and tax law throughout his legal career. He has served as attorney for Taylor, Porter, Brooks, and Phillips, LLP; Couhig Partners, LLC; and DeCuir, Clark, and Adams, LLP. He has litigated matters in Federal, State, City, Tax, and Administrative Courts and represented the Louisiana Department of Education and Recovery School District with Charter School litigation in Federal Court. He holds the BBA from Howard University in Washington, DC; JD/BCL from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University; MBA from Louisiana Tech University; LLM/Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC.

Douglas Baker returns to Louisiana from Union University where he served as Assistant to the Provost and Director of Special Projects in the Office of the President. He has previously served as Special Assistant to former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee, Director of Corporate Relations for the United States Naval Academy Foundation, and Project Assistant for the Louisiana State Education Commission. He has also worked with foundations in New York City and Washington, DC. He holds the BA/Education from Louisiana State University; MDiv from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; MA/Government and Public Policy from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

“As we looked toward the future of LDR, we realized we needed to draw on the skill sets of those who had experience in both the public and private sectors,” Barfield stated. “All three of these individuals have extensive and successful service in the private sector even as they served in public roles at various stages of their careers. Their combined energies and abilities will help this agency in the work of improved service to Louisiana taxpayers.”

“As we prepare for the work of tax reform in the upcoming legislative session, we will draw on their expertise as we move forward in our efforts to increase the economic capacity for Louisiana and continue to build the state’s future as a national and international destination for business and industry. Each of them are native Louisianians who care deeply about the future of their home state, and we welcome them into their new roles and responsibilities.”

The appointments of each began November 5, 2012.