BATON ROUGE, LA – First Assistant State Treasurer Ron Henson was honored with the prestigious Monte M. Lemann Award on Oct. 24 in New Orleans.

The award honors five citizens each year who have made the greatest contributions to the advancement of Louisiana’s Merit System of Public Employment. Given by the Louisiana Civil Service League, the award seeks to illuminate the appointing authorities or leaders who uphold the principles of the merit system.

“I sincerely appreciate this award. It is an honor and a privilege to work for State Treasurer John Kennedy and the state of Louisiana. I have been blessed with tremendous opportunities,” said First Assistant State Treasurer Henson.

Henson is a 36-year veteran of state government. Born in Searcy, Arkansas, he grew up in El Dorado, where he graduated from El Dorado High School. He received a degree in business administration from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. He began his career in public service in 1974. He was appointed First Assistant State Treasurer in February 2000 by Treasurer Kennedy. Henson represents the Treasurer on a number of boards and commissions. He also oversees the staff of the Treasury Department.

“I have known Mr. Henson for almost 30 years now and have had the privilege of working alongside him for nearly 20. He is one of my most trusted advisors, and I rely on his expertise and experience, especially when making important financial, budgetary, personnel and human resource decisions,” said Treasurer Kennedy.


State Treasurer John Kennedy, (left) with First Assistant State Treasurer Ron Henson after the award ceremony

Michelle Millhollon
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