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New parish council members to be sworn in Sunday

New parish council members to be sworn in Sunday

The Lafourche Parish Council kicks off its meetings next week with five new members, one open position and a new administration.

The official swearing in ceremony is set for noon Sunday, Jan. 10, at the Lockport Volunteer Fire Department's Central Station, 806 Crescent Ave.

The first council meeting will be two days later at 5 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Mathews Government Complex.

As reported in the Daily Comet, some of their first decisions will be considering Lafourche Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle's nominees for department head positions and Lafourche Parish administrator.

According to the parish's Home Rule Charter, Cantrelle has 60 days from taking office to submit nominations for these positions, and the council then has 30 days to either confirm or reject each nomination.

Another early decision for the council will be appointing an interim representative for District 5 who will serve until the elected council member from the upcoming March election takes office.

The council has 30 days to appoint the interim person, who cannot be a qualified candidate running in the March election.

Council members said to prepare for their new role, they have been studying the Home Rule Charter, consulting former members, meeting with different boards in the parish and keeping in touch with some of the voters who put them in office.

New members said they're looking forward to getting started, but are expecting somewhat of a learning curve.