Years of Service: 
May, 2018 to April, 2019

Jim Champagne
Lieutenant Colonel Champagne served as Executive Director and Governor's Highway Safety Representative from 1996 to 2007. As the Governor's Highway Safety Representative, he helped Louisiana implement a wide range of highway safety programs. Colonel Champagne has a degree in Criminal Justice from Southeastern University in Hammod, Louisiana, and a diploma in police administration and traffic management from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Colonel Champagne was awarded the 2002 National Commission Against Drunk Driving (NCADD) Government Leadership Award at the 18th Annual NCADD Awards Luncheon in Washington, D.C. He received the SADD National Outstanding Achievement Award in July 2003. In recognition of his outstanding achievements in highway safety, Colonel Champagne was awarded the 1998 J. Stannard Baker Award by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the only civilian honored with the Baker Award in 1998. Also in 1998, he was selected to receive the Chairman's Award by the Metropolitan Safety Council of New Orleans and the Traffic Safety Achievement Award. He and his wife, Darlene, continue to live in Baton Rouge.