A Livingston Parish man has been named the new Administrator of the Boating Law (BLA), the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries recently announced.
Major Clarence Marques, of Livingston, will replace Lt. Col. Rachel Zechenelly as Louisiana’s BLA. He will represent Louisiana in the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).
“I am extremely honored to be appointed BLA for the state and am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue our boating safety mission,” Marques said in a statement. “I’ve held many boating safety positions with my time in the law enforcement division and I’m ready for this role.”
A native of Chalmette, Marques joined the LDWF’s Law Enforcement Division in 2006, starting as a patrol officer in Livingston Parish. While serving as a field officer, Marques also became a NASBLA Tactical Operator Course Instructor and certified in the NASBLA Officer Water Survival Course.
Major Marques was assigned to the headquarters staff of the LDWF Law Enforcement Division as the Boating Education Coordinator in 2014. The following year he received the NASBLA award Boating Law Enforcement of the Year.
From 2016 to 2021, Marques served on the NASBLA Boat Advisory Board and currently serves on the NASBLA Finance and Grants Committee. He also recently graduated from NASBLA Leadership Academy in 2021.
“I watched Major Marques rise through the ranks and was impressed with his ability to learn every part of the job and especially his dedication to boating safety,” Zechenelly said. “He has helped me plan, lead, manage and oversee our boating safety mission since joining head office in 2014.”
In addition to being the state BLA, Marques is also responsible for training, search and rescue, boating safety, and maritime security.