City-Parish President-elect Joel Robideaux announced Wednesday that former state legislator Mike Michot and Corey Meaux, who works for the Acadiana Legislative Delegation, will lead his transition team.
Robideaux, who will take office in January, also said he has selected a group of 28 community members to serve on various transition team committees.
Robideaux, a longtime state representative, defeated City-Parish Chief Administrative Officer Dee Stanley in the Oct. 24 election to replace Joey Durel, whose has led city-parish government for the past 12 years.
Michot will serve as chairman of the transition team, Robideaux said, and Meaux will be the transition coordinator.
Meaux is an attorney who has worked for the past two years as assistant to the executive director for the Acadiana Legislative Delegation.
Michot, whom Robideaux characterized as a lifelong friend, served as a state representative and state senator for the Lafayette area.
“In addition to our personal friendship, I have the utmost respect for Mike and his commitment to Lafayette,” Robideaux said in a written statement.
Michot works for the Picard Group, a governmental affairs firm, and Robideaux said neither Michot nor the Picard group will be awarded city-parish government contracts during his administration.
“As Mike will be in a trusted advisor position during this transition process, we mutually felt it best for him and The Picard Group to recuse itself from representing LCG (Lafayette Consolidated Government) as a contracted lobbyist or vendor,” Robideaux said.
He listed the following members of his transition team: Chris Arsement, Bob Austin, Mark Becnel, Marcus Brown, Marcus Bruno, Tom Carroll, John Chappuis, Camille Claiborne, Dewitt David, Lowell Duhon, Rob Eddy, Dane Escott, Paul Escott, Andre Fruge, Roy Frusha, Francis Green, Juno Guedry, Mike Guidroz, Joanie Hill, Ken Lazard, Tommy Maggio, Robert Mahtook, Mandi Mitchell, Herbert Schilling, James Simmons, Jan Swift, Gobb Williams and Shawn Wilson.
“I think it is important to have a large number of community leaders, business owners and other stakeholders be a part of this transition process so that multiple voices and concerns may be heard,” Robideaux said.
Most of the names are familiar, and at least two have prior experience in city-parish government.
Carroll is a former director of public works for city-parish government who retired last year, and Bruno worked 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.