BATON ROUGE, LA – State Treasurer John Kennedy has reappointed three top level officials at the Department of Treasury to work with him during his administration:

Sharon Perez
Cooper Harrell
Jim Napper

SHARON B. PEREZ – Director, State Bond Commission

A native of LeBeau, Louisiana, Sharon Perez has nearly twenty-five years of experience with the State Bond Commission, the last four as Director. Ms. Perez has a B.S. in Business Administration from Louisiana State University. She was recently elected treasurer of the National Association of State Treasurers Debt Management Network Executive Board.

J. COOPER HARRELL – Assistant State Treasurer & Chief Investment Officer

Cooper Harrell joined the Department of Treasury in 1998 from the private sector. He has more than thirty years of investment, trust and banking experience. Following graduation from Louisiana State University and serving as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Harrell joined Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner and Smith, Inc. where he gained extensive background in the investment/financial area. He then moved into the banking industry where he served as head of trust investments, manager of trust and investment operations and most recently as regional manager and business development officer for The Trust Company of Louisiana’s south-central region. Mr. Harrell is a native of Baton Rouge and married with three children and four grandchildren.

JAMES NAPPER – General Counsel & Assistant Attorney General

James Napper has served the Treasury as its General Counsel and Assistant Attorney General since 1998. He is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University and received his Juris Doctor Degree from the LSU Law Center in 1970. He is a former partner in the Monroe law firm of Shotwell, Brown & Sperry, former General Counsel of the Ouachita National Bank, and former Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Premier Bank and Bank One, Louisiana.

“After meeting with them individually, I was impressed by the level of knowledge and experience that these fine individuals brought to their positions,” says Treasurer Kennedy. “I am happy to have them continue to serve the people of Louisiana, and I look forward to working with them to take the Department of Treasury to new heights.”

Announcements on remaining staff appointments will follow in the coming days.

Jason Redmond, Deputy Treasurer
(225) 342-0010