Parish President Natalie Robottom, her administration, and the Presidential Advisory Committees are pleased to announce the release of their final PAC report. With this final report, Robottom, the Council and her administration will look at five (5) year revenue forecasting to allow for better future planning in the wake of anticipated declining revenue.
In June, Parish President Natalie Robottom appointed more than 70 representatives from the Council, local businesses, constituents, staff, and other community, civic, and faith leaders to eight committees. These committees included Governmental Ethics, Public Safety, Employment and Economic Development, Community Development and Neighborhoods, Recreation/Health and Human Services, Finance, Human Resources, and Infrastructure/Capital Improvements. These members were tasked with reviewing the parish's current operations and providing recommendations for the next five (5) to ten (10) years.
The committees analyzed the work of their respective areas, conducted a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats) analysis for all parish operations, compiled its recommendations, and submitted their final report. After receiving each committee's report, Robottom held an all staff meeting to present the recommendations to parish employees and solicit their feedback. A public hearing was held in October to provide information to and solicit recommendations from parish residents. Both meetings were well attended and feedback was provided on all topics. All recommendations from the committees, the employees, and the public were compiled and summarized into one final report.
Based on this final report, a strategic plan will be developed for St. John the Baptist Parish. "Although, there is still work to be done, some of the recommendations have already been implemented," said Parish President Natalie Robottom. Recommendations such as establishing uniform standards for contract procurement and enhancing citizens' access to public information are currently in place. An online bill payment system was instituted parishwide and Robottom's administration is currently working on uniform procurement process. A new parish website is also in progress and will be launched by the end of February. The first annual governmental ethics seminar was conducted for all administrative staff and elected officials and a second one is being planned for other management level staff. These are only a few of the recommendations that have been implemented thus far; however, the report includes dozens of recommendations that Robottom and her administration are eager to embrace.
The final PAC report is available on the parish's website at www.sjbparish.com, at the Office of the Parish President, 1801 W. Airline Highway, and at the council office in the Edgard Courthouse. Copies of the PAC report are also available for review at each of the four (4) parish libraries.