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New Lafourche human resources director nominated

New Lafourche human resources director nominated


Lafourche Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle has made a nomination for human resources director, while the parish administrator position remains vacant.

The Parish Council is scheduled to vote on the appointment of Trisha McElroy as director of human resources at their Tuesday public meeting.

If approved, McElroy would receive an annual salary of $60,000 plus benefits.

McElroy has several years of human resource experience with The Medical Team Inc. in Houma and the Children’s Rescue Fund in New York and has various management experience.

The parish has seen two human resources directors leave in the past couple months, one permanent and one interim director.

The last confirmed Human Resources Director Emily Knight resigned in June just two days after Parish Administrator Tim Vedros submitted his resignation.

Knight didn’t cite a reason for leaving in her resignation letter but has criticized Cantrelle on social media since leaving the post.

According to emails between the administration and Parish Council members, Knight filed a grievance with the administration before she resigned. The parish has denied multiple public records requests for copies of the grievance, citing “unreasonable invasions of privacy.”

Cantrelle has not made a nomination for a permanent replacement for Vedros but named Tommy Lasseigne as interim parish administrator.

However, Lasseigne could be removed by the council. Councilman Jerry Jones is sponsoring an effort to discuss his removal at Tuesday’s meeting. Jones delayed the item at the council previous meeting in late July.

Lasseigne was removed from the same post in August 2018 after Parish Administrator Leif Haas resigned.

According to the parish charter, the parish president is required to make a nomination with 60 days of a vacancy. The Parish Council then has 30 days to act on the nomination.

The parish advertised for a parish administrator, accepting applications until July 3.

Cantrelle did not return requests for comment Friday. Last week, Cantrelle announced he would not seek election to a second term in office.

In an open letter to the parish, Cantrelle said he wouldn’t subject his family to another four years of “volatile conditions.”


-- Daily Comet Staff Writer Julia Arenstam can be reached at 448-7636 or Follow her on Twitter at @JuliaArenstam.