Lafayette

Oct 7, 2010 5:08 PM

Housing Authority Board of Commissioners Announced

Lafayette, LA --- City-Parish President Joey Durel today announced the appointment of six individuals to the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the City of Lafayette.

"I am pleased to announce that Amos Batiste, Kevin Carrier, Gregory Dugas, Mary Guidry, Penny Malbrew, and Shirley Vige have agreed to accept appointment to the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the City of Lafayette. As has been widely reported, serious issues have been raised by an independent audit of the affairs of the Housing Authority. Each of these individuals brings a significant level of experience in financial and legal matters as well as good sense, which will be of great benefit in addressing the serious issues raised in the audit. I want to publicly thank these citizens for answering the call and agreeing to serve in this capacity," said Mr. Durel.

City-Parish Attorney Pat Ottinger stated that, "It should be noted that three of the individuals appointed by Mr. Durel are being appointed to the vacancies created by former Commissioners who either resigned or did not appeal their dismissal. With respect to three other vacant seats on the Board of Commissioners, although their dismissals have been upheld by the City-Parish Council, the dismissed individuals chose to file a lawsuit to seek reinstatement to their voluntary, uncompensated positions. Although the suit did not originally seek a temporary restraining order, and although its pendency does not otherwise prevent the seats from being filled by appointment, out of respect to the judicial process, the decision was initially made to not fill those three seats pending resolution of this litigation. However, the three dismissed Commissioners subsequently sought a temporary restraining order which would have prevented Mr. Durel from filling these positions, which request was denied by the presiding judge. Because the refusal to grant a temporary restraining order can only be interpreted as a decision to not interfere with the filling of the seats at this time, it was deemed appropriate to fully staff the Board in order that the newly appointed individuals be permitted to get to work and address the serious issues presented by the annual audit. The important work of the Housing Authority is being adversely affected by the absence of a fully staffed Board of Commissioners."

Details about the commissioners and their respective terms are:

Amos Batiste is being appointed to a three year term. He is a Sales Director for Acadian Ambulance Service (National EMS Academy.) He is a veteran of the United States Army, and has significant management experience.

Kevin Carrier is being appointed to a one year term. Mr. Carrier has been a financial adviser with Merrill Lynch for 16 years and has a degree in management from LSU.

Gregory Dugas is being appointed to a four year term. He retired from Delmar Systems in 2009 after 25 years where he served most recently as its VP/Chief Financial Officer. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, and he began his long financial career as an auditor in 1973.

Mary Guidry is being appointed to a two year term. She is a Certified Public Accountant with approximately 20 years in the banking industry where she is currently a Senior Vice President for IBERIABANK. She also comes to the appointment with significant auditing experience.

Penny Malbrew is being appointed to a five year term. She is an associate attorney with the Liskow and Lewis law firm.

Shirley Vige, Jr. is being appointed to serve a one year term. He is a CPA with more than 30 years experience performing accounting, consulting and audit services for Public Housing Authorities.

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