Officials celebrate retired attorney _lowres

Photo provided by Charlotte Guedry -- Gathering March 16 at a Gonzales City Council meeting to honor Ryland Percy are, from left, Councilman Neal Bourque, Percy, Councilwoman Barbara Duhe, Councilman Kirk Boudreaux, Mayor Barney Arceneaux, Police Chief Sherman Jackson, Councilman Kenny Matassa and Councilman Terance Irvin.

Gonzales officials celebrated Ryland Percy Day during a March 16 meeting.

Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux, along with City Council members Kirk Boudreaux, Barbara Duhe, Neal Bourque, Terance Irvin, Kenny Matassa and Gonzales Police Chief Sherman Jackson honored recently retired City Attorney Ryland Percy by proclaiming March 16 as Ryland Percy Day.

Percy was Gonzales city attorney from 1990 until his retirement in early February, and has been senior managing partner of the law firm Percy, Stromberg, Bush and Lanoux since 1977.

Percy served in the U.S. Navy, where he held the rank of rear admiral, was commander of the Logistics Task Force Atlantic, commander for the Naval Expeditionary Logistics Support Force and director of the Joint Reserve Forces, Defense Logistics Agency.

Percy graduated from LSU law school in 1976 .

“I have known Ryland for many years,” Arceneaux said, “on both a professional and a personal level. In fact, I believe I was one of his first clients. I am sorry to see him go, but have such fond memories of working with him, and know that our new City Attorney Erin Wiley Lanoux, also with Percy, Stromberg, Bush and Lanoux, will also do a fine job.”

Council members reminisced about time spent working with Percy, calling him professional, dedicated, intelligent and a source of great knowledge.

“I truly love this town,” Percy said. “It has been my honor and my privilege to work with all of you and council members before you. I love Gonzales and am happy to have served my time in a city I love.”