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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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Vizier steps down from Port Commission board

Vizier steps down from Port Commission board

Longtime Greater Lafourche Port Commission member Donald Vizier announced he is stepping down from his elected seat on the Commission, effective immediately.

In announcing his decision via prepared remarks at Thursday’s regular monthly meeting, Vizier cited ongoing health issues as the reason for his resignation. He noted that, “aside from my own personal accomplishments, serving the people of the 10th Ward on this body for the past 26 years has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I am completely overwhelmed by the generous amount of support that I have received from this community while serving in this office. I am extremely grateful that I have been able to be a part of the port’s successful and continued growth.”

Coming as a surprise to most, if not all commission members, Vizier was praised by members for his work with the Commission over the years.

“It came as a surprise to just about everyone, but we thank Donald for his service to the port and the community over the years. He played an integral part in the growth of Port Fourchon and his contributions will never be forgotten,” said Executive Director Chett Chiasson.

According to state law, the board of commissioners has 20 days to appoint a replacement to fill the seat. Once filled, the Louisiana Secretary of State will call an election to fill the remainder of the term, which has approximately three years remaining.

It is likely that the election will be set for March of next year, based on available election dates on the Secretary of State’s website, although nothing is official at this time.