BATON ROUGE, LA –Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome appointed a chief administrative officer Monday afternoon.
“Last week, I announced the appointment of Troy Bell as my chief administrative officer. As the week unfolded, more information emerged about his professional history and academic credentials. It became obvious, even after a number of meetings and talking with the mayor of the last city where Mr. Bell was employed, that additional vetting should have occurred. I made a mistake with this important hire and I accept full responsibility,” said Broome. “Mr. Bell was not the person that this city and parish deserved. I immediately accepted his resignation before the close of business on April 21. This action was taken so that my administration could put this completely behind us, and continue to serve our fellow residents and more our city-parish forward” said Broome.
Broome says Dr. James Llorens will serve as interim CAO, effective Tuesday, April 25 and her hopes is to hire a permanent replacement soon.
“I look forward to having Dr. Llorens join our team. I know that he will ‘hit the ground running’ and contribute immensely to the important work we do daily. He has spent several years serving this community in a number of capacities, including here in city hall,” said Broome.
Llorens has served in many areas such as: Chancellor for Southern University A&M College, director of intergovernmental relations, director of human services, and director of human resources during the Screen administration. Dr. Llorens was also assistant CAO during the Holden administration, with management and oversight of community development, workforce development, social services, and human resources.
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