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New Lafourche Parish administrators nominated

New Lafourche Parish administrators nominated

Lafourche Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle has made his second round of nominations for the parish administrator and finance director positions.

Cantrelle nominated former Lockport Police Chief Ernest Boudreaux Sr. to serve as parish administrator. He nominated Brent Abadie to serve as finance director.

The Parish Council must vote on the nominations within 30 days, placing the first vote by July 21. The next council meetings are scheduled for July 10 and July 24.

An email from parish officials says the nominations will be placed on the next council agenda. Six votes from the council are needed to ratify the nominations.

Both positions have been vacant since February when their former occupants resigned in the same week.

“I think they’re pretty good people,” Cantrelle said, adding he’s uncertain about the council’s support.

“All they want to do is do things to hurt the people of Lafourche Parish instead of work with me,” Cantrelle said.

He nominated two others for those positions in April, both voted down by the Parish Council.

His first nomination for finance director, Lionel Lagarde Jr., was serving as interim director until his nomination was rejected by a 4-2 vote during a special meeting.

“Last time I nominated a guy who was, to me, had a real good financial background. He was super qualified and could have done the job, yet the council turned him down,” Cantrelle said.

Former Councilman Rodney Doucet was Cantrelle’s first nominee for parish administrator. He was rejected by a 7-2 vote.

Boudreaux served as the Lockport Police Chief from 1986-1997. He ran for the office again in 2017, losing to David Harrelson Jr. He has also run unsuccessfully for sheriff, councilman and justice of the peace in Lafourche Parish and city marshal in Terrebonne Parish.

Asked about the likelihood of Boudreax’s confirmation, Cantrelle said, “I hope so, he has a lot of experience working in government.”

Project manager Tommy Lasseigne has been serving as interim parish administrator since Leif Haas resigned.

Cantrelle nominated Abadie for director of homeland security last year before hiring him on as risk manager when the council voted down the nomination.

The council recently supported Abadie’s appointment to an economic development committee organized by Council Chairwoman Luci Sposito, but voted down his appointment to a charter review committee twice.

Currently, there is no interim finance manager. The former Finance Director Carrel Hymel has since been hired back in a civil service position. No one else applied for that position, Cantrelle said.

Abadie has a legal background and experience in law enforcement with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Gretna Police Department.

“Mr. Abadie, he’s real good at just about everything,” Cantrelle said.

-- Daily Comet Staff Writer Julia Arenstam can be reached at 448-7636 or julia.arenstam@houmatoday.com. Follow her on Twitter at @gingerale214.