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Apr 20, 2014 1:29 PM by AP

St. Bernard hires community development director

CHALMETTE, La. (AP) - St. Bernard Parish has a new community development director.

Nola.comThe Times-Picayune reports Michael Albert replaces Candice Watkins, who left several months ago to become a disaster recovery specialist with the state Office of Community Development.

Albert, previously a planner with the Guilford County Planning Department in Greensboro, N.C., holds a master's degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Florida.

A December 2012 referendum approved by St. Bernard voters requires that all new parish government employees live in, or move to, the parish.

Parish President Dave Peralta has been running the department in recent months.

Watkins, the former mayor of Covington, was hired as director of community development when Peralta took office as parish president in January 2012.

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