Your Community Newspaper - Larose, LA

Serving Raceland, Gheens, Lockport, Valentine, Larose, Cut Off, Galliano, Golden Meadow, Leeville, & Grand Isle

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Share This Article:

Levee district’s ‘MacGyver’ officially retires

Levee district’s ‘MacGyver’ officially retires

It won’t be his last visit to the South Lafourche Levee District (SLLD), but after receiving a public “thank you” and a gift from the SLLD board, Jimmy Badeaux has officially retired.

Although Badeaux has been grooming his replacement, Drake Boudoin, for the last couple of months, his last actual work day was January 19.

Badeaux served as Levee Board Operations Superintendant for the past 16-plus years, and was involved in overseeing levee district field employees as well as liaising between the board and landowners, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and state agencies.

In 2014, the Lafourche Chamber of Commerce awarded Badeaux “Employee of the Year” for an outstanding record of service at SLLD.

Monday, March 10, SLLD President Ronald Callais expressed his board’s sentiment in congratulating Badeaux on his retirement, thanking him for “all the years of service and what you’ve done for us.”

Badeaux was SLLD’s version of “MacGyver”, an 80’s/90’s TV show character based on a secret agent who worked as a troubleshooter. Not only did he oversee the building and maintenance of the levee system, pump stations, floodwalls, floodgates and locks, he was SLLD’s go-to guy, possessing extraordinary skills in carpentry, electrical, maintenance and plumbing that were utilized whenever needed, said SLLD General Manager Windell Curole.

He took care to protect fellow employees and put himself in dangerous situations during hurricanes and storms to ensure the safety of the community, said Curole.

While Badeaux will no longer head up operations at SLLD, he has promised to be “just a phone call away, if needed,” said Curole.

Jimmy Badeaux is congratulated on his retirement from the South Lafourche Levee District by Levee District President Ronald Callais and General Manager Windell Curole.