Curtis Badon named Engineer/Capital Outlay for OJJ
Curtis Badon, Engineer 4, has joined OJJ as the point person on capital outlay and facility maintenance projects. He will report to Undersecretary Alan Boxberger and work closely with the Division of Administration, Office of Facility Planning and Control. Curtis will oversee new construction projects, as well as renovations and major repairs.
Curtis comes to OJJ from DHH, where he worked for over 11 years, reviewing plans and drawings and handling mechanical and plumbing projects for DHH’s many facilities and physical plants statewide.
“This is a key position for us going forward. Curtis is very much needed on our team as we approach several major projects, such as building the new Acadiana Center for Youth and renovating the Columbia site. He will serve as the point person on new projects, write the specifications for equipment and repair projects,” Dr. Mary L. Livers said. “He will coordinate with DoA/Facility Planning and Control and State Purchasing. We are indeed fortunate to have someone with such an extensive background in engineering and facility maintenance on our staff. His established relationships with DoA will be of great benefit as well. I look forward to working with Curtis for many years to come.”
“I plan to build close relationships with the maintenance personnel at each of the facilities so I can best serve their needs,” Curtis said. “They are on-site; they know their facilities, the problems there, and what is critical for them. My goal is to free up management as much as possible. They shouldn’t have to deal with day-to-day facility maintenance.”
A Baton Rouge native and graduate of Tara High School, Curtis holds two bachelors degrees from LSU – one in forestry management and the second in mechanical engineering. “I loved the woods and worked in north Louisiana in forestry,” Curtis said. But after a while he decided to return to Baton Rouge and pursue his engineering degree. While working on his engineering degree, Curtis served as a draftsman at two Baton Rouge engineering firms.
While working full time, before returning to LSU, Curtis was the lead singer and a songwriter for a Christian rock band, and today sings in the choir at Healing Place Church. Curtis is also quite involved in ballroom dancing, with his favorite being the (California style) West Coast Swing.