Four LCG councilmen to bid adieu Tuesday

Don Bertrand, left, and Brandon Shelvin are two of four Lafayette City-Parish Councilmen who will be vacating their seats. Photo Credit: The Daily Advertiser

Four Lafayette City-Parish Councilmen will bid adieu Tuesday.

The new council will be sworn in Jan. 4.

Don Bertrand, District 7, and Keith Patin, District 8, did not seek re-election. Both were elected in 2008 and 2012, and were eligible for a third term on the council.

Nanette Cook was elected to replace Bertrand and Liz Webb Hebert was elected to replace Patin. They are the first women elected to the city-parish council since consolidation in 1996. Cook is the daughter of former City Councilman Al Simon. Hebert works at the Cajundome but will resign at the end of December.

Andy Naquin, District 6 councilman, and Brandon Shelvin, District 3 councilman, were defeated Nov. 21. Naquin served one term, from 2012-2015. Shelvin was seeking a third term on the council. He has represented District 3 since 2008.

Naquin will be replaced Jan. 4 by Bruce Conque, who represented District 6 from January 2003 until October 2008, when he resigned to work with the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. He retired from the chamber in 2014.

Shelvin will be replaced by Pat Lewis, who is retiring Dec. 22 from the Lafayette Parish School System where he is sales tax auditor.

Tuesday’s council meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 705 W. University Ave.

The new mayor-president, Joel Robideaux, and council members will be sworn in at 3 p.m., Jan. 4 in the council auditorium, 705 W.  University Ave.

Acadiana Open Channel is expected to broadcast the ceremony live on AOC2 and, according to Council Chairman Kenneth Boudreaux, the inauguration will be streamed live via the Internet at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/lafayette-consolidated-government-council-meeting

The first meeting of the new council is at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 5.

 

 

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