Dec 27, 2010 5:27 PM
Press Release: City-Parish Attorney Pat Ottinger today advised City-Parish President Joey Durel and Jay Castille, Chair of the City-Parish Council, of his intention to step down from his position in January 2011.
Under the Home Rule Charter, the City-Parish President appoints the City-Parish Attorney and such appointment is subject to the approval of the City-Parish Council. It is anticipated that a replacement will be named and considered by the Council at its meeting on January 25, 2011.
In informing Messrs. Durel and Castille of his intention, Mr. Ottinger stated "I have had the extreme pleasure of serving in this capacity since 2004. I believe that the administration and the Council would be well served by a fresh face in this position. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to have served my community in the capacity as legal advisor to consolidated government for the past seven years. The Directors and employees of Lafayette Consolidated Government are a competent, dedicated group of people whom it has been my privilege to serve as legal counsel. Lafayette is one of the most progressive, vibrant communities in our state, and I have enjoyed being a part of the significant progress enjoyed in our city and parish in that period of time. I have committed to Mr. Durel to continue to serve for as long as necessary to ensure an orderly and efficient transition to the new City-Parish Attorney, and to assist in any way necessary with regard to any matter currently pending."
City-Parish President Joey Durel stated, "As the incoming City-Parish President seven years ago, I felt it important to appoint a city-parish attorney who would set the tone for our new administration. As a former President of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Pat brought a level of integrity, respect and a work ethic that I felt was important to this position. He has guided us through some of the most significant legal battles which Lafayette has confronted, and they are battles we won that will help shape Lafayette for many years to come. I would like to thank Pat for his years of dedicated service to this administration and, more importantly, to the people of Lafayette."
Jay Castille, Chair of the City-Parish Council, said, "It saddens me to see Pat leaving. He has helped me tremendously getting through the learning process of this government. Pat has been an outstanding attorney for the Lafayette Consolidated Government and this new Council. He has reduced the legal fees and still got the work done. Pat has gained my respect and friendship. I want to thank him for his service and wish him the best of luck in the future."