The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury on Aug. 26 hired a new parish administrator in the wake of Jim Bello’s retirement.

The Police Jury had nine in favor, two opposed with one abstention at its meeting last week to hire John Grezaffi as the parish’s new administrative head. Grezaffi, 62, will earn $62,661 annually.

Jurors Albert “Dewey” Dukes and Justin Cox opposed Grezaffi’s hiring with Juror Kurt Jarreau abstaining.

Cox tried offering a substitute motion to re-advertise the position hoping to attract more “qualified” candidates.

Dukes said the parish is only getting “a high-priced manager” with Grezaffi’s hiring.

“We don’t need to put someone in there that our employees will have to train,” Dukes said during the meeting. “Why don’t we want to fill the position after the next election when a new jury comes in?”

Dukes proposed leaving the position open could have helped save the parish money.

Grezaffi, a Batchelor farmer, served on the Police Jury for more than 20 years before his appointment to the Board of Commissioners for the Atchafalaya Basin Levee District.

He has served as the board’s president for the past eight years, according to his application.

Bello retired from the parish on Monday. Bello served as the parish administrator since the position was created in 2005.

Costume drive

The Math, Science and Arts Academy-East campus’ parent organization is sponsoring a costume drive for the performing arts department and is seeking donations of hats, old work uniforms, old military uniforms, superhero costumes, capes, wigs, etc.

The items can be dropped off inside the front entrance of the school during business hours or can be left near the school’s front door marked, “c/o theater instructor Drew Zeringue,” during or after school hours.

Also, there’s a donation box in the school parking lot for any used items like clothes, household items, toys, furniture and appliances that will be sold at the “Here Today Gone Tomorrow” second-hand store on Burbank Drive near Bluebonnet Boulevard.

All the proceeds from the items sold go toward the academy’s parent organization.

Job Corps celebration

The Carville Job Corps Center near St. Gabriel recently celebrated the national organization’s 50th anniversary with an Aug. 22 graduation ceremony and a schedule of events that included a cook-off and 5K walk.

Students from all over the state attend the Carville Center for education and career-development training in facilities maintenance, health care, automotive technician and jobs in the petroleum industry.

Girl Scouts workshops

Girl Scouts Louisiana East, along with the Baton Rouge Arts Council, is offering a series of art workshops for any girls in the fourth or fifth grade from Iberville Parish.

The Saturday art workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Iberville Parish Library on Saturday and the St. Gabriel Community Center on Sept. 20 and Sept. 27.

The workshops cost $10 per student; all art materials, snacks and drinks will be provided but girls can bring a brown bag lunch.

Registration is required and forms must be submitted by Wednesday. Contact DeNeil Brown at or (985) 381-2688.

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