Incoming Lafayette City-Parish Mayor-President Joel Robideaux on Friday announced the reappointment of three department heads who served under outgoing Mayor-President Joey Durel.
Lafayette Utilities System Director Terry Huval, Fire Chief Robert Benoit and Chief Financial Officer Lorrie Toups will continue in their positions, Robideaux said.
Huval has served as LUS director since 1994, and Benoit has been fire chief since 1993, both serving through two administrations.
Durel tapped Toups as CFO in 2011 when former CFO Becky Lalumia retired.
“I am pleased that Lorrie Toups, Terry Huval and Chief Robert Benoit will stay on to serve Lafayette Parish. They each provide valuable experience and institutional knowledge that will continue to be valuable to our administration. I look forward to working closely with them in the coming months to address the challenges facing our parish and to move us forward, together,” Robideaux said in a written statement.
Robideaux, who takes office Jan. 4, also announced Friday that Becky Perret and Cydra Wingerter will continue their work in the Mayor-President’s Office as executive secretary and chief communications officer, respectively.
Carolina McRae, who worked on Robideaux’s campaign, has been named assistant to the mayor-president for strategic initiatives, and Marcus Bruno will be brought on as government and constituent relations officer.
Bruno worked in the past as head of a city-parish department that focused on blight and criminal justice issues until his position was cut in 2009 in a reorganization by the Durel administration.
Robideaux already had announced other key appointments.
Oilfield service company executive Lowell Duhon will serve as his chief administrative officer, replacing Dee Stanley, who lost to Robideaux in the October election to replace Durel.
Stanley plans to start work in January as a vice president at public relations firm SIDES & Associates.
Shanea Morrison Nelson, a Lafayette native who works as an administrator at Henderson State University in Arkansas, will replace Patricia Leyendecker as director of community development, and Tom Carroll will serve as interim public works director, a job he retired from in 2014.
Robideaux said Carroll will serve pending a national search for a permanent public works director.
Durel’s most recent public works director, Kevin Blanchard, stepped down earlier this year to take a job as general counsel with Southern Lifestyle Development.
No replacement has been announced for two other retiring department heads: Police Chief Jim Craft and Planning, Zoning and Development Director Eleanor Bouy.