Parish personnel changes; Doucet retires, McDonald in

Members of the St. Mary Parish Council said farewell to longtime personnel director Tammy Doucet Wednesday and welcomed her replacement.

Doucet is retiring after 30 years with the parish, 20 of which she served as personnel director.

“I wanted to acknowledge Tammy tonight and publicly give her a great thank you for her years of service and (her) loyalty to the parish and all the years (she’s) given me as the CAO as well and the five parish presidents (she’s) served under,” said Chief Administrative Officer Henry “Bo” LaGrange.

He then recommended the appointment of Donna McDonald as the new personnel director. McDonald has 22 years of experience as the human resource director for Iberia Parish, according to LaGrange.

“Her invaluable experience, knowhow and management skills will carry over perfectly … with the duties that (Doucet) has so diligently carried out for us,” he said.

The council approved her retention at a $52,500 annual salary with a 5 percent increase after a favorable 90-day probationary period.

In other business the council:

—Heard from Verdunville resident Mark Bogan that he will soon be assisting with an outreach program to enroll all parish veterans at the VA Clinic in Franklin for medical care.

—Heard from parish President Paul Naquin that he and Councilmen Steve Bierhorst and Albert Foulcard will be going to Washington, D.C, on Friday to meet with legislative delegates on various local concerns.

—Deferred action on a proposed ordinance on $5.15 million in solid waste sales tax refunding bonds.

—Passed resolutions requesting the state to release 1 cent of the state fuel tax to local governments for use on road improvements; authorizing the participation in the Quality Jobs Program by Conrad Shipyard and Conrad Aluminum on three of their projects; approving applications for Wallop-Breaux funds for construction of fishing piers at Burns Point Recreation area near Centerville and the Jessie Fontenot Boat Launch Complex near Berwick; approving application for funds from the state Local Government Assistance Program’s to purchase a pumper truck for the St. Joseph-Gumpoint Fire Department and to construct a fire loop water line between the Siracusaville Community Center and St. Joseph Street.

—Approved a request by Councilman David Hanagriff, District 3, to transfer $5,000 from the Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, and 10 three-tenths sales tax fund to Recreation District 7 for Biddy Basketball.

—Referred a request for $10,000 in funding by St. Mary Parish Fire District 11 for radio equipment purchases to the finance committee.

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