Key administration hirings announced by incoming Mayor-President Joel Robideaux _lowres

Lowell Duhon

Incoming Lafayette City-Parish Mayor-President Joel Robideaux announced Friday that he has tapped oilfield service company executive Lowell Duhon as his chief administrative officer.

Duhon replaces former CAO Dee Stanley, who lost to Robideaux in the October election to replace Mayor-President Joey Durel.

Stanley had already announced plans to start work in January as a vice president at public relations firm SIDES & Associates.

Duhon has worked since 2005 as chief financial officer of Whitco Supply Inc. and previously served as CFO for North American Cash Systems, general manager of Quoyeser and as a financial adviser for Merrill Lynch & Associates.

“I am pleased that Lowell Duhon has agreed to leave the private sector to join my administration as chief administrative officer.

“In addition to his 38 years of experience in banking, finance and executive management, Lowell is deeply committed to the future of our parish,” Robideaux said a written statement.

Robideaux also announced Friday that Shanea Morrison Nelson, a Lafayette native who works as an administrator as Henderson State University in Arkansas, will replace Patricia Leyendecker as director of the community development and Tom Carroll will serve as interim public works director, a job he had retired from in 2014.

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.

Robideaux said Carroll will serve in the position while he conducts a national search for a new public works director.

Robideaux takes office Jan. 4.