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Lafourche administrator resigns

Lafourche administrator resigns

Lafourche Parish Administrator Timothy Vedros has resigned after less than four months on the job.

Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle announced the resignation via email Tuesday.

“Effective June 4th, 2019, I have accepted the resignation of Timothy Vedros, former Lafourche Parish Administrator,” Cantrelle said.

The administration did not state a reason for Vedros’ resignation, nor name a replacement.

“Serving in a leadership role in local government has been a challenge for many. He has resigned for personal reasons that will remain confidential,” Cantrelle said.

When reached on his cellphone Tuesday afternoon, Vedros declined to provide any comment, saying he submitted his resignation letter.

“You have no comment from me, zero, none,” Vedros said.

In his resignation letter, obtained by The Courier and Daily Comet through a public records request, Vedros said the job conflicted with his role as a deacon in the Catholic Church. Because the church prohibits a deacon from holding public office, Vedros said he “would be unable to fulfill the duties of Parish President as specified in the Home Rule Charter.”

“After much soul searching and prayer, I have concluded that it is not a good fit for me to attempt to fulfill my commitments to the Church at the same time as performing the duties of Parish Administrator,” Vedros wrote. “Therefore, I am compelled to tender my resignation from service in the Government of Lafourche Parish effective immediately.”

He thanked Cantrelle and the council for appointing him and said he regretting having to resign.

Vedros was appointed to the position in early February and approved by the council later that month. He was the fourth confirmed parish administrator under Cantrelle’s administration.

He was the fifth nomination presented to the council since the last administrator, Leif Haas, resigned in February 2018.