HAMMOND — The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution appointing Lacy Landrum as the city’s new director of administration.
And one of her responsibilities Tuesday was to discuss a grant proposal for more renovations to Zemurray Park, Hammond’s major recreation venue.
The council authorized Mayor Mayson Foster to enter into a contract with the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism for a conservation project to improve the park.
Landrum said the state would provide $250,000 for park improvements, an amount that will be matched by the city.
She said the project is the latest in improvements that began at Zemurray Park two years ago. With the new funds, aerators will be added to the lagoon that runs through the park and fishing stations will be installed.
Also planned for Zemurray Park are a “little toddler playground,” a splash park and two expanded pavilions that will be made available for family gatherings.
Landrum, who serves as Hammond’s grants writing director, will continue to head that department and will split her time between that position and her new job as director of administration, Foster said.
She replaces Pete Panepinto, who resigned as director of administration last week shortly after he qualified as a candidate for mayor in elections scheduled for Nov. 4. City ordinances required that Panepinto resign his position once he became a mayoral candidate.
Landrum has been employed by the city for approximately five years. Prior to joining Hammond’s grants department, she worked briefly as a grants writer for Southeastern Louisiana University.
A native of Lubbock, Texas, Landrum earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas Tech University and holds a Ph.D. in technical communications and writing from Oklahoma State University.