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During our most recent Annual Training Conference an election was held in order to elect members to the LAAI Executive Board. Upon completion of the election a formal grievance was received stating that one of the candidates elected to office was unqualified to run based on our Bylaws. As it turns out this complaint was with merit causing one of the current elected board members to be removed from office without prejudice.

The "Executive Board" was presented with several options but felt the best option was to follow the bylaws and appoint someone to fill the vacated position until the next scheduled election which will be at next years ATC. Former President Buddy Smith was asked and accepted the interim position on the board.

For a full explanation of what transpired, please click this link to the report from Richard Jones, Chairman, LAAI Grievance Committee.



I would like to thank the members of the LAAI for first electing me as a Board of Director in 2007 and by continuing to show your Trust & Confidence in me to assist with moving the Chapter forward as the 2014-2015LAAI President. I have been fortunate enough to work alongside some Amazing Members of this Chapter as well as from around the Country.

I believe that the success of the LAAI exist because of its members and their input. We All must be an Active part of this Organization for it to continue thrive. I urge All Members to stay in contact withthe Elected Officers of the LAAI on a regular basis. I am a Firm Believer in the phrase 'Power in Numbers'! For this reason, I am offering a challenge to Every member to recruit at least one New Member to join the LAAI and the IAAI. This Joint Membership allows for the continuation of Outstanding Trainings and World Wide Networking that are second to None!

I am also challenging all of the newer members to Step Up and be a part of one of the numerous Committees of the Organization. Now is the time for you to work alongside of members that have been the backbone of this Organization for Many years. Seize this opportunity to start your ascent to become the Future of the LAAI.

In closing, if anyone has Any Questions, Concerns, Suggestions, or Ideas, I urge you to contact me either by cell phone {504-432-2182} or email {EricB229@gmail.com}. I look forward to representing the LAAI as its President and assisting this Chapter in its Advancement in the Education of Fire Investigation.

Eric Bacon, President