Joel Robideaux names CAO, two directors

Lowell Duhon (Submitted photo)

Joel Robideaux, newly-elected mayor-president of Lafayette Consolidated Government, has selected a new chief administrative officer, a community development director and an interim public works director.

Lowell Duhon, a native of Lafayette with 38 years in banking, finance and executive management, will serve as Robideaux’s CAO when he takes office Jan. 4.

Since 2005, Duhon has worked as chief financial officer for Whitco Supply Inc., a leading oilfield service and supply company. Prior to that, he served as chief financial officer for North American Cash Systems, general manager of Quoyeser Inc., financial advisor for Merrrill Lynch & Associates and financial manager at Lafayette Building Association.

Shanea Morrison Nelson, a Lafayette Parish native, will serve as Robideaux’s director of community development, and Tom Carroll, a former public works director who retired in 2014, will return as interim public works director.

Nelson currently is project director of the McNair Scholars Program at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. She previously served as director of student services at College of the Ouchitas in Malvern, Arkansas, was an assistant director at LSU and an educational recruitment search counselor in the special services department at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette from 2008 to 2011.

Carroll agreed to come out of retirement to help Robideaux move ahead with public works projects and assist in a national search for a permanent public works director, the news release states.

Robideaux made the announcements in a news release Friday morning. He expects to release his transition summary and additional appointments in coming weeks.

Police Chief Jim Craft last week announced he will retire Jan. 31 and Eleanor Bouy, director of planning, zoning and development, will retire as of Dec. 31.

Current CIty-Parish President Joey Durel could not seek re-election because of term limits. His CAO, Dee Stanley, ran unsuccessfully against Robideaux to replace Durel.

In December, voters approved a Home Rule Charter amendment changing the title of city-parish president to mayor-president.

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