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Lafourche community services director tapped as administrator

Lafourche community services director tapped as administrator

Lafourche Parish Community Services Director Reggie Bagala has been tapped to become the new parish administrator.

Bagala currently oversees parish recreation, the Community Action Office, the Head Start program, the animal shelter and the coroner's office.

The parish administrator is the second-highest-ranking executive behind Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle. The job opened after previous Administrator Don Matherne resigned last month, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family and pursue other interests.

The administrator is responsible for overseeing projects, permits, grant applications and most daily parish government operations. The position has an $87,513 annual salary plus benefits.

Bagala has been the community services director since March 2014. He was re-appointed by Cantrelle in January when the new administration took over.

The Galliano native and Louisiana State University graduate attended the American Campaign Academy, a 10-week campaign management school in Virginia, and ran campaigns across the country.

He left political management in 1992 after his father unexpectedly died to take over the family business of Debra's Movie World and several car washes in south Lafourche.

Bagala again re-entered politics as the community services director after closing the last of the family businesses. He is credited with helping the parish animal shelter improve under his and new Manager Hilary Knight's leadership.

Cantrelle's appointment of Bagala was up for the council's approval at its meeting Tuesday.


-Staff Writer Emma Discher can be reached at 448-7636 or Follow her on Twitter @emmadischer.