East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President-elect Sharon Weston Broome named more than 40 citizen volunteers Thursday to shepherd her future administration through the transition as she prepares to take office in early 2017.
The quickness of the transition means Broome will not have the best-practices and policy recommendations she is asking for when she takes office as mayor-president on Jan. 2. Instead, the 21 committees that Broome is forming will wrap their guidance into a report to be delivered to the public by the end of January.
The volunteers are split into some who will study and review the minutiae of city-parish government and others who will look at how to create policy recommendations for broader interests in the community. Some are people who helped Broome on her campaign, while others cross party lines and have done work for local and state government in the past.
“No one, let me repeat, no one on the transition leadership will be considered for a job in the administration,” Broome said. “They’re citizen volunteers offering their expertise and valuable time to help move our city and parish forward.”
She, again, tried to put City Hall employees at ease by saying their jobs are not in jeopardy, though their departments are under review, and adding that they should “trust the process of transition.”
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State Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, and former U.S. Attorney and U.S. Rep. Don Cazayoux will lead the study of public safety in East Baton Rouge Parish. James has been critical of the Baton Rouge Police Department’s policies in the wake of the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling by police, which led to days of protests in the city. A few months ago, James called on federal investigators to publicly release more information about the probe into Sterling’s death.
Broome also tapped retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, who led Hurricane Katrina’s military relief efforts, and Paul Rainwater, who was former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s chief of staff, to study homeland security.
Former Southern University Chancellor James Llorens, who once served as assistant chief administrative officer to outgoing Mayor-President Kip Holden, will study finance along with Jacqui Vines-Wyatt, former senior vice president for Cox Communications’ Southeast Region.
Broome also included Darryl Gissel, who ran against her in the mayor-president primary and subsequently endorsed her, on her transition team. He will study community development, along with Brian Lafleur.
Christel Slaughter, partner at SSA Consultants, and attorney Dennis Blunt will study internal organization. Slaughter frequently did work for the city-parish under Holden, while Blunt helped vet parish attorney candidates in 2015.
In addition, Justin Haydel and Matthew Butler will study public works; Johnny Anderson and Pat McCallister-LeDuff will study human development and services; Curtis Heroman and Sonia Perez will study information services; and Monique Spalding and Ronald Smith will study purchasing.
Other volunteers whom Broome assembled will study arts, culture and leisure; flood recovery; infrastructure, transportation and mobility; economic development and enterprise; north Baton Rouge revitalization; health care, social services and mental health; housing and land use; metropolitan organization; the millennial agenda; women’s issues; race relations; and education.
Two of Broome’s biggest campaign points were leading the city-parish through flood recovery and improving north Baton Rouge.
Perry Franklin, who runs a public relations firm and formerly led Mid City Redevelopment Alliance Inc., and HNTB Associate Vice President Bryan Jones will be studying flood recovery.
#NBRNOW Blue Ribbon Commission member Cleve Dunn, Jr., who worked on Broome’s campaign, and Center for Planning Excellence President Elizabeth “Boo” Thomas will examine north Baton Rouge revitalization.
Fairleigh Cook Jackson and Walter “Geno” McLaughlin will study arts, culture and leisure. Scott Kirkpatrick and Ann Forte Trappey will lead the studies on infrastructure, transportation and mobility.
Rolfe McCollister and Donald Andrews will study economic development. Alma Stewart and Steven Kelley will examine health care, social services and mental health.
Candace Parker and Keith Cunningham will explore housing and land use. Mary Olive Pierson and Domoine Rutledge will study the metropolitan organization.
Matt Adams and Courtney Scott will report on millennials, while Racheal Hebert and Twahna Harris will report on women’s issues.
Albert Samuels will examine race relations, and Sherry Brock and Diola Bagayoko will study education.