A torch was passed on Monday at the South Lafourche Levee District (SLLD) public meeting when outgoing SLLD Commissioner Bobby Eymard handed over his seat to newly appointed Commissioner Roland Guidry.
Standing before the dais with his wife Lou Anna, Roland was sworn in by SLLD attorney Tyler Breaux.
Guidry is familiar with the workings of the levee district, having served SLLD as Morganza Action Coalition Advisor for the past year, keeping the levee district up to date on the Morganza to the Gulf initiative and how it directly affects lower Lafourche, but admitted he has been interested in serving on the levee board for some time.
“Bobby (Eymard) actually submitted his resignation in December and I immediately sent in my letter expressing interest in serving. Somewhere along the line, the letter was lost and it has taken all this time to get it to Governor Edwards for his signature,” said Guidry.
Guidry is a past member of the board of the Greater Lafourche Port Commission, having served for 15 years beginning in 1976. He was also vice president of that board for several years.
In 1992, he was appointed by then Governor Edwin Edwards as the first Oil Spill Coordinator for the state. He served under Governors Mike Foster, Kathleen Blanco and Bobby Jindal.
Guidry retired from state service in 2016 having served most recently in the Louisiana Department of Public Safety.
With his obvious experience in various capacities at state and local levels, Guidry expressed certainty that he can perform his duties as commissioner with no problems.
“Two people that I have to thank are our Senator (Norby Chabert) for approving my name and the governor for signing the proclamation. Thank ya’ll and I’ll do my best,” said Guidry.
Chairman Ronald Callais praised Eymard for his 16 years of service before a hearty ovation on behalf of the outgoing member.
Eymard said he resigned for personal reasons.
“It’s been a great experience. It’s been a ride I’ll never forget. To my fellow board members, the office staff and maintenance crew-- keep up the good work. It’s all for the benefit of the residents of the south Lafourche area. That's what keeps them dry and flood proof,” said Eymard.
Posted on Fri, April 13, 2018
by Buster Avera Contributing Writer