Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory has called for an administrative reorganization of three Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) Departments with the goal of serving Lafayette’s citizens effectively.
The administration says they have identified the best alignment for the Community Development, Parks and Recreation, and Development and Planning Departments.
Guillory said, "These changes will strengthen synergies and create more internal efficiency, while providing better products and services for Lafayette Parish citizens."
Parks and Recreation is now the Parks, Art, Recreation, and Culture (PARC) Department.
They say their mission is to align arts and culture with parks and recreation. The Heymann Performing Arts Center, Lafayette Science Museum, Acadiana Park Nature Station, and Senior Centers now fall under the PARC department, they say.
Arts and culture is said to share PARC’s mission to provide leisure, relaxation, promote physical and mental development, and create opportunities for social, educational, and cultural activities.
Hollis Conway, who previously served as the Community Development Director, will now head PARC as its new director.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to serve in this capacity. The combination of parks, recreation, arts, and culture will provide our community with a broader range of opportunities,” said Conway.
The Development and Planning Department and Community Development Department is now a single department, the Community Development and Planning Department.
The merger of the Community Development and Development and Planning Department will improve collaboration among staff who work on the same or similar projects — project grant funding, project planning, and project development, according to LCG.
Mary Sliman, former Development and Planning Director will oversee the Community Development and Planning Department, they say.
“I’m excited about bringing the Grants and Human Services Divisions together with all of our Development and Planning Divisions. Having all of these teams work together will create more synergy, better efficiency, and additional collaboration, benefiting the citizens we serve,” Sliman said.
LCG reports benefits of reallocating departments include:
- Strengthening staff alignment
- Breaking down silos
- Increasing communication
- Sharing resources
- Cost savings
LCG says it is important to note that under this reallocation, no employees will be displaced or laid-off and no services will be cut.
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