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Parish Finance Director resigns

Parish Finance Director resigns

On Tuesday, Lafourche Parish Finance Director Carrel Hymel has apparently become the latest of Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle’s administration to resign.

Just prior to a special meeting called by Councilmen Jerry Lafont, Jerry Jones and Bo Melvin for the purpose of Hymel’s possible removal as Finance Director, Chairwoman Luci Sposito received two emails addressed to all council members informing them that Hymel had submitted his resignation.

“At 4:39 we received an email from parish Executive Assistant Kelli Toups, who wrote ‘please be advised that Carrel Hymel has turned in a letter of resignation to the admistration’”, Council Chairwoman Luci Sposito said.

In addition, Cantrelle (who was also not present at the Tuesday meeting) sent an email to all council members, Council Clerk Carleen Babin, and other members of his administration, saying, “I have received and accepted the letter of resignation by Carrel Hymel as Finance Director. This letter is part of his personnel file and will be maintained as part of those confidential records in accordance with applicable laws and policies,” Sposito read.

Sposito said she tried repeatedly to get a copy of the letter prior to the 5 p.m. meeting time but was unsuccessful.

Without seeing the actual letter, the council moved to accept the emails from Toups and Cantrelle as proof of Hymel’s resignation. The vote was 6-1, with Daniel Lorraine dissenting. (James Bourgeois and Jerry Lafont were absent.)

Lorraine defended his vote, saying the council needed written proof of Hymel’s resignation and that acceptance or rejection of the letter was an administrative function, not a legislative one.

Although some council members were unhappy with Hymel’s performance as Finance Director, and sought to remove him at Tuesday’s meeting, Cantrelle has maintained that the move was directed at him and that Hymel was a victim of the discord between himself and the Council.