Baton Rouge- After months of searching for a new chief administrative officer, Mayor-President Sharon Weston-Broome has appointed City Parishes first African American CAO, former Purdue University lecturer Troy Bell.
He is moving into the permanent position most recently held in the interim by William Daniel, who will now be the city-parish’s permanent director of environmental services.
As chief administrative officer, Bell will manage the day-to-day operations at city hall, and will supervise the three assistant chief administrative officers already in place. He will join Broome’s cabinet this week.
“After an extensive search, I am fully confident in my decision,” Broome said. “Mr. Bell has an impressive, documented record of public service on federal, state, and local levels, including administration in a number of U.S. cities. I am absolutely assured that he will successfully lead the daily operations of our city and parish.”
Bell said he is excited to begin work in Baton Rouge, and feels that his previous experience in strong mayor-governments in Florida and Indiana will be beneficial to his role here.
“My work history is defined by a passion to serve, empower and improve communities,” he said.
Bell, who has served as a sworn police officer in Miami, has a broad and diverse employment history that spans government, non-profit and private sectors. His work reflects success in large, complex organizations, including those with staffs with more than 2,000 people. He has also prepared and managed multi-fund budgets over $1 billion.
Bell, a continuing lecturer at Purdue University in Indiana, most recently served as acting city manager and interim deputy city manager/treasurer of Walla Walla, Washington. Like, Baton Rouge, the city is experiencing a tremendous social and economic renaissance, all efforts supported by the local colleges and universities. Bell was instrumental in leading a multi-departmental and community support team to develop strategies to improve conditions for the homeless citizens of that area, including employment and housing solutions.
“Mr. Bell is a facilitator for solutions that are ‘the right thing’ to do,” said Allen Pomraning, mayor and chairman of the council for the City of Walla Walla. “He is a man of the people and for the people, and the right person to help heal municipal challenges. Prepare for a city administrator who will move your city forward.”
Other previous posts include: special assistant to the city manager in Beverly Hills, California, with a budget close to $450 million and utility/public works capital programs director for Miami-Dade County, with budgets over $800 million.
Bell completed a Master of Public Administration degree from City University of New York-Baruch School of Public Affairs, and multiple bachelor’s degrees from the University of Miami, including economics, international finance and a concentration in mechanical engineering.
“I believe Mr. Bell is a passionate, community centered public servant with a wealth of experience that will add value to my cabinet,” Broome said. “I welcome his experience and new ideas to help continue my administration’s mission of improving the quality of life for the people who live and work in our capital region.”