BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The chairman of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority will resign this summer.

According to Gov. Edwards, Chip Kline’s last day will be on July 3.

Executive Director of CPRA Bren Haase was named the new chairman by Edwards and Deputy Director Greg Grandy will serve as executive director.

“Chip has overseen some of the biggest coastal restoration projects in our state’s history despite the challenges of multiple natural disasters,” said Edwards. “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 a part of Louisiana’s coastal program since 2008 and was appointed chairman in January 2019, the governor’s office said.

“It has been the honor of my professional life to serve Gov. Edwards and the people of Louisiana,” said Kline. “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.”

One of the most recent accomplishments is the passage of the Coastal Master Plan. The initiative is a 50-year $50 billion plan to restore and protect the state’s coast. Click here to view the plan.