Michael Gorbaty wasn’t out of a job for long.
After finishing second Nov. 4 in a three-way race for St. Bernard Parish district attorney, Gorbaty, 60, was among a half-dozen prosecutors who were let go by Perry Nicosia, the former state judge who won the campaign. Nicosia took office days after the election due to the death of longtime District Attorney Jack Rowley.
Gorbaty, a 22-year U.S. Air Force veteran and former parish attorney, was hired Monday by Parish President David Peralta to become the parish’s chief administrative officer.
Gorbaty is taking over a job that parish Finance Director Ross Gonzales has filled on an interim basis since September. Before that, Gorbaty’s brother, David Gorbaty — a former state 4th Circuit Court of Appeal judge — held the role on a volunteer basis after Jerry Graves resigned late last year. Michael Gorbaty’s nephew, Nathan, is a parish councilman.
Michael Gorbaty’s hiring puts him first in the line of succession if Peralta — who is awaiting trial on felony charges of stalking and sexual battery against his ex-wife — were to resign, though the embattled first-term parish leader said this week that he will not step down, despite mounting legal pressure. He has pleaded not guilty to both charges and is free on bond.
The Parish Council confirmed Gorbaty’s hiring and his $99,000 annual salary at a special meeting Monday.
Peralta has known Gorbaty since high school, describing him as “a man who more than fits the bill for what I need and fits in with my overall plan.”
Despite Michael Gorbaty’s appointment, Peralta said David Gorbaty still plans to volunteer as his assistant.
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