Friday, January 20, 2012
Parish President Natalie Robottom began her first full four-year term of office with a new Administrative Team. Theresa Rodgers, Robottom's Chief Administrative Assistant (Officer) since July of 2011, was re-appointed to that same position. Rodgers and Robottom have known and worked with each other on a variety of levels for more than 25 years. Both women completed Master’s Degree programs at Louisiana State University and served as public school administrators. Rodgers' wealth of administrative and supervisory experience eased her transition from the school system to parish government.
Robottom named Randy Vincent as Chief Financial Officer, a position that had been vacant for a large part of the last six years. During that time, Vincent Lucia, long-time Finance Manager, and his staff did an exceptional job maintaining the day-to-day functions of the Finance Department with oversight of the Chief Administrative Officer and Parish President.
Vincent, an innovative leader with more than 20 years of business, community and public service experience, directed the delivery of services in Calcasieu Parish to more than 190,000 residents. He oversaw the operations of four Parish locations involving nine budgets and including programs that addressed health care, utility bills, senior citizen services, employment training, and emergency evacuation transportation. Other areas of expertise include financial planning and analysis, public and private administration, operations and budget management, and sales. Vincent holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Stephen F. Austin University in Texas. He and his wife are residents of LaPlace.
Robottom named Department Directors for Planning and Zoning, Economic Development, Emergency Preparedness, Parks and Recreation, Public Utilities, and Human Resources. Although a two thirds vote of the Parish Council was required for confirmation, all directors recommended by Robottom were confirmed unanimously.
Angelic Sutherland, Special Assistant/Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for the past two years, was appointed as Director of Planning and Zoning. In addition to assisting the Parish President and Chief Administrative Officer with day-to-day operations of the parish, Sutherland drafted and reviewed contracts, policies and procedures and provided oversight and legal guidance to the Code Enforcement staff and supervisors. Sutherland, a practicing attorney, also prosecuted parish code violations on behalf of the District Attorney’s Office. Sutherland holds a Juris Doctor in Law from Loyola University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in communications from Nicholls State. She is a native of Wallace and currently lives in LaPlace with her two sons.
Torri Buckles, an entrepreneur and strategy consultant for more than ten years was named as Director of Economic Development. Prior to accepting the position, Buckles was a Business Development Officer with Louisiana Economic Development (LED) responsible for planning, coordinating, and implementing programmatic and educational efforts to enhance the entrepreneurial environment across the state of Louisiana. To support these efforts she managed the Small and Emerging Business Development Program, Louisiana Contractors Accreditation Institute, Mentor-Protégé Program, Small Business Bonding Assistance Program, and the Small Business E-Learning Initiative. Buckles has an MBA in Technology Management from UNO and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Dillard University. She is a member of numerous professional and civic organizations and is a resident of LaPlace.
Jobe Boucvalt, a retired Operations Shift Supervisor with Marathon Refinery in Garyville, was named as Director of Emergency Preparedness/Civil Defense. Boucvalt has a wealth of knowledge and training in the area of safety and many years of experience in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). During his tenure at the refinery, Boucvalt coordinated daily emergency response activities, handled health, environmental and safety (HES) issues, served as the on-site emergency incident commander, and managed evening, night and weekend personnel and activities. Boucvalt is involved in a number of community organizations and is a former Councilman. He and his family are life-long residents of LaPlace.
Terrence Jones, an executive level administrator in business and athletics, was named Director of Parks and Recreation. For the past five years, Jones has coordinated hundreds of events for Tulane alumni organizations across the United States. He negotiated with vendors, coordinated facilities, managed event finances, marketing, outreach and collaborative efforts regarding national programming goals. He has coordinated athletic camps and other events and is the founder/owner of the Locker Room, LLC, a youth program for children in grades 7-11. Jones has an M.A. in Human Resources/Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Tulane University in Sports Administration/Physical Education. He is a native of Lutcher, but currently resides in New Orleans with his family.
Department head appointments for Public Works, Purchasing and Procurement, and Health and Human Services were deferred until a later date. “All administrative positions are critical to the functioning of the parish, but they require the right people in the right positions. The search for those individuals is ongoing; however, parish services will be uninterrupted during the process,” explained Robottom. Paige Braud, Public Information Officer and Dana Milioto, Assistant to the CAO were re-appointed as Special Assistants. Three other Special Assistant appointments were made for Daron Cooper-Capital Projects, Russell Jack-Public Works, and Mark Howard-Utilities.
Robottom said, “I embrace the opportunity to serve the people of this great parish – to change the culture of acceptance of mediocrity and establish a new level of expectation. My administrative team is composed of individuals who are qualified, skilled, and motivated to make necessary changes. Our goal is to serve residents of St. John the Baptist Parish”.