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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Newly parish administration, council hold first public meeting

Newly parish administration, council hold first public meeting

The Lafourche Parish Council held its first public meeting of the year Tuesday with the newest Council members making their debuts.

Seated for the first time were new Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle, along with new council members Luci Sposito, Michael Gros, Aaron “Bo” Melvin, Corey Perrillioux and Armand Autin.

They join incumbents Jerry Jones, Jerry Lafont, and Daniel Lorraine.

The Council voted unanimously on several important appointments, ratifying President Cantrelle’s nominations for four department positions.

All of Cantrelle’s nominations, Don P. Matherne for Parish Administrator, James Barnes for Director of Public Works, Reggie Bagala for Director of Community Services, and Caroline Eschette for Deputy Director of Human Resource, were approved by Council.

Additionally, the Council approved the appointment of an interim councilman for District 5 (Bayou Blue) and an interim Constable for the 4th Justice of the Peace Court.

Bayou Blue resident Roy Landry was appointed to represent District 5 until an election can be held in March to fill the council vacancy for that seat. District 5 encompasses all of Bayou Blue as well as parts of Raceland and Pointe-aux-Chenes.

Galliano resident Kenneth “Neco” Doucet was selected to serve the seat of former Constable Carl Doucet, whose untimely death caused a vacancy in that position. Doucet will hold the position until a special election takes place in November.

The Council also chose Jerry Lafont as Council Chairman and Jerry Jones as Vice-Chairman.

Cantrelle thanked the Council for their confidence in his choices and promised that he would only seek the appointments of qualified people to fill parish government positions.

“Everybody I put up will be super-qualified. I hope we vote on their qualifications and not on anything else. If you have a problem, or someone doesn’t do their job, they won’t be there. After 52 years in business, I don’t put up with any foolishness,” said Cantrelle.