A recent Advocate reported that developer Darryl Gissel had taken over as chief administrative officer in Baton Rouge. The first sentence mentioned that Gissel has his marching orders: hire a police chief, promote local minority and women-owned businesses and figure out how best to spend millions of dollars of federal infrastructure money. Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome will rely upon him to tackle police reform, business equity and flood recovery.
I have followed Broome since the beginning of her public career, have admired her, respected her and thought she would make a wonderful mayor. I voted for her. With all the jobs, work, etc., she has passed on to her CAO, I wonder now if I should have voted for him since he's going to be doing what I thought was a big part of the mayor's duties. If the mayor's job is to meet with people, public speaking at churches, being spokesperson for the city, she is doing a commendable job and represents Baton Rouge well.
retired state employee