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         The Evangeline Parish Police Jury Wednesday, in a special meeting Wednesday, approved the appointment of Donald Bergeron as new Secretary Treasurer to replace Doug Deville who is retiring at the end of September. The vote was 6-3. Bergeron, who has been serving as Public Works Director for the past year, received votes from Jurors Kevin Veillon, Lamar Johnson, Bryan Ardoin, Richard Thomas, Ryan Williams and Rocky Rider. The only other nominee, Assistant Secretary Treasurer Mindy Lalonde received votes from Jurors Kenny Burgess, Eric Soileau and Bryan Vidrine. The jury will decide on Bergeron’s salary at their regular September meeting.

      Three other people applied for the position: Ben Soileau, Charles Roy Lafleur and Paul Ortego.

      Both nominees appeared before jurors and made a presentation and answered questions. Lalonde said she has been working for the police jury since 2001 and has been Assistant Secretary Treasurer since 2007, handling payroll and finances.

      Bergeron has been serving as Public Works Director since June of 2012 and operated a business for 20 years. He told jurors that his greatest strength is working with the public.

      The police jury has voted to begin advertising to hire a new Public Works Director. The appointment is due to be made at a special meeting on September 3.

       In other action, the police jury:

--received word from Donald Bergeron that it will cost about $24,000 to repair the parish chip seal spreader;

--voted to ask Bergeron to meet with 9-1-1 Director Liz Hill to update the parish road list and add the name of a new private road, “Ulysse Young Road” in District 1.

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