Jefferson Parish president candidates Mike Yenni, Elton Lagasse schedule second debate in Gretna _lowres

Advocate staff photo by SUSAN BROADBRIDGE-- Michael S. Yenni takes the oath of office for a second term as Kenner Mayor during an inauguration ceremony at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, La. Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Yenni was elected on Saturday to become the next president of Jefferson Parish in January.

Jefferson Parish’s registrar of voters and a Kenner city councilman are among the five members of a soon-to-be-announced team that will help Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni transition into the position of Jefferson Parish president after his victory during the Oct. 24 election.

The team includes Jefferson voters registrar Dennis DiMarco — who for years was the parish’s Finance Director — and Kenner Councilman Keith Conley, who previously served as Kenner’s city attorney and its clerk of court.

The other team members are Robert “Bobby” Breen, who was the chief administrative assistant to former Parish Councilman and interim Parish President Willie Hof in the 1980s; Chris Cox, who used to be the top aide to outgoing Parish President John Young before leaving to work for the District Attorney’s Office last year; and Charlotte Burnell, a former chief administrative officer in Kenner’s municipal government.

The transition team’s task will be to evaluate all current heads of parish departments; analyze those departments’ budgets; and identify any changes that may need to be made for when he takes over in January.

Yenni, 39, defeated four opponents to win the right to succeed Young, who lost in his bid to become the state’s next lieutenant governor.

Most members of Yenni’s transition team have direct ties to either him or his grandfather and uncle, Joseph Yenni and Michael J. Yenni, respectively, who served as parish presidents before their deaths last century.

For example, DiMarco was finance director under both Joseph Yenni — who served as parish president from 1980 until 1987 — and Michael J. Yenni, who was in office for about seven years until his death in 1995. DiMarco also was co-chairman of the transition team Yenni picked before first becoming Kenner’s mayor in 2010.

Meanwhile, Conley spent some of his six-plus years as Kenner’s city attorney working under the parish president-elect. And Breen’s former boss — Hof — lost the election to succeed Joseph Yenni long-term in 1987 to Michael J. Yenni.