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Parish president changes nominee for administrator

Parish president changes nominee for administrator


Lafourche Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle has changed the person he’s nominating to serve as parish administrator.

After first nominating Tommy Lasseigne for the position last week, Cantrelle announced Monday that he was changing the nomination to Rodney Doucet.

“I don’t know. ... It’s just a guessing game; I didn’t know who would approve,” Cantrelle said about the change.

The decision to change was not based on any criticism from the council, he said.

Cantrelle previously nominated Doucet for the position in early April, and he was rejected by the Parish Council later that month by a 7-2 vote against.

Once a nomination is rejected, the candidate must sit out for at least six months before being re-nominated, according to the parish charter.

Although Lasseigne has never been formally presented to the council as an administrator nominee, he has served in the interim position twice. The council removed Lasseigne from the interim position in August.

Cantrelle later placed parish risk manager Brent Abadie in the interim position and nominated him for the permanent job. That, too, was voted down by the council and has led to a legal dispute with the Lafourche District Attorney’s Office.

“The comment was made that I didn’t get qualified people. I don’t know how you get more qualified than Brent and Tommy,” Cantrelle said. “This guy (Doucet) is super qualified too.”

Cantrelle said he did not advertise for the position because his term in office expires in January 2020, just more than a year away.

“Who’s going to leave a job for a one-year job?” Cantrelle said.

Doucet served as a Lafourche Parish councilman for District 8 from 2008-12. He unsuccessfully ran for parish president against former Parish President Charlotte Randolph, Cantrelle and Tommy Lasseigne in 2011.

Because of his experience in parish government, Cantrelle said, Doucet would be able to handle the pressure of the job.

Doucet was not present at his last nomination hearing because he was out of town, Cantrelle said. After criticism from the council about Doucet’s absence, Cantrelle said he would ask Doucet to attend the Dec. 11 meeting.

The Dec. 11 meeting could be the last council meeting of the year. The council will vote then whether to hold a second meeting or cancel it due to the holidays.

 

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