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UPDATE: Guidry tells Advocate why she left the CAO job

Posted at 9:27 AM, Jan 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-17 23:01:30-05

UPDATE: Former Lafayette CAO Beth Guidry resigned because her boss, Mayor-President Josh Guillory, told her she couldn't keep the job.

Our media partners at The Advocate got an exclusive interview with Guidry, in which she states that things were fine until Guillory and his wife, a personal friend of Guidry's called her late one night to complain that her friends had qualified to run against Guillory campaign supporters for Republican positions.

Then on Monday, Guillory told Guidry she couldn't be CAO - but offered her the post of director of public works, the Advocate reports. She said she isn't qualified for that job, and didn't want it.

Guidry decided instead to resign, the newspaper reports.

In an exclusive interview with The Acadiana Advocate Wednesday morning, Guidry said Guillory is making decisions politically that affect the parish and go against the community’s mandate when he was elected. She said she is concerned for the future of Lafayette and her own career and reputation.

To read the whole story, click here.

A new Chief Administrative Officer for LCG has been appointed to the position following the exit of CAO Beth Guidry.

As of 9:00 a.m. this morning, officials say that Beth Guidry is no longer with Mayor-President Josh Guillory’s administration. Guillory appointed Cydra Wingerter permanent Chief Administrative Officer.

Guillory states that given this is a personnel matter, he does not wish to go into details of Guidry’s departure at this time. “I named Beth as my CAO because of her strong leadership skills and her extensive background in economic development. Those traits will carry her far in her next endeavor,” he commented.

On the appointment of Wingerter Guillory shared, “During the transition, and since taking office, Cydra has earned my trust and respect. I am confident she will fulfill her duties in this pivotal role with excellence and distinction. I’m committed to ensuring we have the right leaders in the right positions in Lafayette Consolidated Government, and Cydra is the right choice to serve our people as CAO.”