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Joel Robideaux

Lafayette City-Parish President-elect Joel Robideaux put out a call Wednesday for job applicants, though no information was released on the status of current staff members when he takes office Jan. 4.

“Joel is not cleaning house by any means, but we are looking at all unclassified employee positions, including directors and (Chief Administrative Officer),” said Robideaux’s transition team coordinator, Corey Meaux.

Robideaux, a longtime state representative, defeated City-Parish Chief Administrative Officer Dee Stanley in the Oct. 24 election to replace Joey Durel, who led city-parish government for the past 12 years.

Robideaux announced earlier this month that his transition team will be led by Meaux, a lawyer who has worked for the Acadiana Legislative Delegation for the past two years, and former state legislator Mike Michot, who works for governmental affairs firm the Picard Group.

Most of city-parish government’s roughly 2,400 employees fall under civil service classification, meaning the administration has little say over their continued employment. But the city-parish president has wide latitude in naming most department heads and his personal staff.

At least one position will need to be filled. Kevin Blanchard, who served as Durel’s public works director, stepped down this month to take a job in the private sector.

Robideaux has asked anyone interested in working for his administration or volunteering for boards and commissions to submit a résumé to resume@ robideauxtransition.com.