Chip Kline Resigns As Chairman Of Louisiana CPRA

Chip Kline has resigned as director for coastal activities and chairman of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA).

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards named Bren Haase to serve as the new chair. Haase previously served as the executive director of CPRA. Current deputy director Greg Grandy will serve as CPRA executive director.

“Chip has overseen some of the biggest coastal restoration projects in our state’s history despite the challenges of multiple natural disasters,” Edwards said. “Few people are as knowledgeable about the needs of our coast as Chip is, but I am confident that current CPRA Executive Director Bren Haase with his extensive experience is ready to take on the role of chairman. I want to thank Chip for his years of service to Louisiana and my administration. It has been an honor to work alongside him accomplishing projects that will endure for generations.”

Kline has been involved in the Louisiana coastal program since 2008 and was appointed to his current roles in January 2019.

“It has been the honor of my professional life to serve Gov. Edwards and the people of Louisiana,” Kline said. “I truly believe in the promise of south Louisiana, and working to restore and protect the place we call home will forever be a passion of mine. While stepping away is difficult, I do so knowing that I am leaving the state’s coastal program better than I found it, and I am leaving it in good hands. I want to thank the CPRA staff for their incredible work and the various coastal stakeholder groups for their unyielding support of CPRA’s mission.”