The Metro Council voted Wednesday to oust BREC Board of Commissioners Chairman Kenneth Riche, Jr. from his seat and to replace him with former Metro Councilman Mike Walker.
The BREC board gives the final approval on most of the recreation and park agency’s capital projects and tax proposals. They will receive a final report in February about a proposed renovation of the Baton Rouge Zoo, which could include a controversial location change.
The Metro Council appoints six members to the board, while the other three are appointed from the mayor-president, the Planning Commission and the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board.
Two spots on the board opened up for the start of 2016. East Feliciana Parish Superintendent of Schools Carlos Sam did not request re-appointment to his seat, but Riche asked for another term in his seat.
The Metro Council voted former Mayor Pro Tempore Walker into Riche’s seat, and they voted Rev. Shelton Dixon into Sam’s seat.
Metro Councilwoman Chauna Banks-Daniel had asked to be appointed to the BREC board, but withdrew her request after an attorney general’s opinion said a Metro Council member could not also sit on the BREC board.
Banks-Daniel has been a critic of possible plans to move the zoo, which is in her council district in Baker.