Raymond A. Jetson, a former Democratic state representative from Baton Rouge, is finally taking a bow from politics and government.
He first entered the fray in 1984, when he won a special election to the House to replace his late father, Louis, who died shortly before that years regular session convened. Jetson served 16 years in the Lower Chamber before stepping down to focus on his role as pastor of Star Hill Baptist Church in Baton Rouge and other government work. He went on to serve as the deputy secretary for the Department of Health and Hospitals and, most recently, as CEO of the Louisiana Family Recovery Corps. He officially relinquishes the latter position on Dec. 31 and will retire, he says. The Recovery Corps was created in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. When he was hired in April 2006, Jetson told the board of directors that he would serve no longer than three years. Since then, the Recovery Corps has assisted in recovery planning, case management, home repairs, mental health and kids programs. Jetson oversaw the launch of NOLA Bound, a program that reached out to displaced New Orleanians in all 50 states, offering recovery planning assistance and real-time information on the status of New Orleans recovery. Jeremy Alford