After a 13-month search and four failed nominations, the Lafourche Parish Council appointed a new parish administrator Tuesday night by a unanimous vote.
With all members present, the council voted to approve Timothy Vedros as the permanent administrator at an $87,513 annual salary, plus benefits.
The administrator is the No. 2 position in the parish, second to the parish president.
Nearly all of the council members said they received numerous calls on Vedros’ behalf, including from a former parish administrator, recommending him for the position.
Despite Vedros’ lack of governmental experience, the council members said they would support him.
Before the vote, Vedros told the council he is an “honest individual” who could not be bought or forced into doing anything unethical. Vedros also said he applied for the position last year but missed the application deadline.
As a deacon in the Catholic Church, Vedros was haled by some council members such as Councilman Jerry Lafont as “a good Christian in government.”
Vedros’ was the fifth nomination for the job from Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle since the last administrator resigned Feb. 1, 2018. The four others were rejected by the Parish Council.
The council also unanimously confirmed the appointment of a new Head Start director, Melissa Badeaux, effective March 13. The current director, Vicki Adams, is planning to retire in April.
For the second time this year, the council awarded the new Lafourche Outstanding Citizen award, this time to Raceland-area resident Janie Schafer.
Schafer was involved in starting the first Lafourche Parish soccer teams in the early 1980s and continued to be a leader in recreation for many years, Councilman Corey Perrillioux said.
Members of the former Scorpions soccer teams attended the council meeting Tuesday to honor Schafer and her legacy.
“When I envisioned creating this award, she was the perfect candidate for Lafourche Outstanding Citizen. She’s such a selfless person,” Perrillioux said. “Her dedication to the youth of Lafourche Parish is admirable and worthy of recognition.”
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Posted on Fri, March 1, 2019
by By Julia Arenstam / Daily Comet Staff Writer