Gov. Bobby Jindal made it official Wednesday when he announced the appointment of David Guitreau to serve as an interim member of the Gonzales City Council.
Mayor Barney Arceneaux recommended at a special council meeting in December that the governor appoint the general contractor as the interim councilman for the Division E seat. The position was held by Gary Lacombe, who resigned Nov. 25, two weeks before a recall election targeting him.
Also at that special meeting, the council selected retired city employee Barbara Duhe to fill the Division C spot on the council left vacant by Timothy Vessel, who was recalled by voters at the Dec. 6 election.
Vessel and Lacombe had historically voted with Councilman Terance Irvin in a three-man voting bloc that played a large part in the recall effort launched in April.
A special election is set for March 28 when Gonzales voters will select two people to fill the remainder of Vessel’s and Lacombe’s terms, both of which expire Dec. 31, 2016.
It was left to the governor to appoint Guitreau after the City Council did not select someone to fill Lacombe’s seat within 20 days of his resignation.
However, after the nine days passed that Vessel had by law to contest the Dec. 6 recall election results, the council held the special meeting and selected Duhe to fill his vacancy.
It was at that meeting that the council also approved recommending to the governor that Guitreau be selected to fill the other vacant seat.
Guitreau, of Gonzales, is the owner of Guitreau General Contractors and has nearly 40 years of experience in the construction industry, according to the governor’s news release.
He is a graduate of Gonzales High School and Baton Rouge Vocational Technical College.
Duhe and Guitreau will attend their first meeting as members of the council on Jan. 12.