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Richard L. Stalder, American corrections official. Received award Merit Victims and Citizens Against Crime, award for Outstanding Performance Concurrent Resolution Louisiana Legislator.


Stalder, Richard L. was born on March 23, 1951 in Pender, Nebraska, United States.


Bachelor in Economics, Louisiana State University, 1973. Master of Science in Economics, Louisiana State University, 1978.


The position is now held by James M. LeBlanc, Stalder's former colleague. Stalder is one of four children of Edgar A. Stalder, who died on his 92nd birthday on December 13, 2015, and the former Mildred A. Strahm (also born 1923) of Topeka, Kansas. Edgar Stalder was reared on a farm along the Kansas-Nebraska border.

After distinguished service under General George S. Patton, with the United States Army in World War II. He received the Silver Star, was recognized by the historian Stephen E. Ambrose with the placing of Stalder's war memoir at both the Eisenhower Center of the University of New Orleans and in the National World War II Museum in Washington, D.C., he worked for the United States Department of Agriculture in New Orleans and later Washington, D.C. In 1971, Richard Stalder began working as a prison officer to earn money while he was attending Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He worked his way to the positions of federal programs administrator, corrections budget officer, and the superintendent of Louisiana Training Institute in Monroe, Louisiana, deputy warden of Dixon Correctional Institute in Jackson, Louisiana, and warden of David Wade Correctional Center in Homer. in Claiborne Parish, named for the late American general David Wade. From 1998 to 2000, Stalder was the president of the American Correctional Association.

Stalder was the choice of a new group founded in 1991 and known as Louisiana Wardens and Superintendent (LAWS) to head the corrections agency. The driving force behind LAWS was Burl Cain, a long-term warden at Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, under whom Stalder had previously worked as deputy warden at the Dixon Correctional Institute. Stalder was at first reluctant to take on the statewide position because he preferred to remain warden at David Wade Correctional Institute, the only prison in Louisiana at the time to have been accredited by the American Correctional Association.

Stalder's colleagues persuaded him to meet with Edwards, then a candidate for a fourth nonconsecutive term as governor, to discuss the secretary's position. After some delay, Edwards appointed Stalder. The position had been traditionally given to political supporters of the governor.

Stalder is a registered Republican voter in East Baton Rouge Parish. In 2003, he was inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame in Winnfield. Burl Cain was inducted into the Hall of Fame the previous year in 2002.

The oouple has two sons, Jonathan Eli Stalder (born 1978) and Christopher Davis Stalder (born 1981).


The relationship with God in Covenant is like a marriage between human beings – both as a community and as individuals – on the one side and God in Christ on the other.


Peace making is the creative and positive quest for the well-being of humankind and the planet on which people live.


There are different understandings about the Bible's authority in our lives. The task of every believer is to use different Bible translations and commentaries in order to discover the word of God.


Chairman board deacons 1st Presbyterian Church, 1982-1984, 1984. Vice chair Plain Dealing Chorale Society, 1982-1985. Advisory board Northwest Louisiana Vocational School, 1989-1992.

Member American Correctional Association, (commission accreditation for corrections since 1990, standards committee since 1994, constitution and by-laws committee since 1994), Association State Correctional Administrators (standards review committee 1993-1994, chairman since 1994, federal and state relations ad hoc committee 1993-1994, American Correctional Association ad hoc committee since 1993), Southern States Correctional Association, Louisiana Correctional Association, Correctional Accreditation Managers Association, Homer Lions Club (president 1990-1991), Oakland Plantation Country Club (board directors 1982-1985, 1st vice president 1984-1985), Plain Dealing Lions Club (president 1983-1985), Omicron Delta Epsilon.


Married; 2 children.