Buddy Boe to resign as St. John councilman, join Billy Nungesser’s office _lowres

Buddy Boe

Buddy Boe is resigning from his St. John the Baptist Parish Council seat to accept a job as Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser’s communications director and senior adviser, starting June 15.

Boe said Tuesday that his resignation will take effect one day earlier, about five months into his first term as the councilman for District 7, which encompasses LaPlace.

The Parish Council will have 30 days to appoint an interim replacement.

The council has two months to set a special election sometime between September and December to choose Boe’s permanent successor, according to the parish charter.

Boe, 30, a Republican, won his council seat by capturing 62 percent of the votes in an Oct. 24 election. He defeated Lamont Bigham, a Democrat, and Steven Fraker, a Republican.

Before starting his stint on the council in January, Boe served as chief administrative officer under former St. Charles Parish President V.J. St. Pierre for three years beginning in 2013. He was a public information officer and acting CAO for St. John Parish from 2007 to 2010.

Nungesser said he is happy to have Boe join his staff because of the knowledge he has amassed both communicating with the public and working in government administration. “I know his experience ... will benefit both our office and Louisiana,” he said.

Boe said it was “very tough” leaving his elective post. But he couldn’t resist an opportunity to work for an agency that’s mainly focused on marketing Louisiana to visitors, he said.

“Tourism has a significant impact on our state budget and thousands of Louisiana businesses and lives,” Boe said. “I look forward to helping open Louisiana’s doors to the world in new and exciting ways.”

Boe will be filling a vacancy at Nungesser’s office created by the departure of Kriss Fairbairn Fortunato, an ex-New Orleans television news anchor and former Jefferson Parish government spokeswoman. Fortunato spent about three months as Nungesser’s communications director before she stepped down in April, explaining, “It was not a comfortable environment and not a good fit.”