Jindal appoints interim Gonzales City Councilman
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Wednesday the interim appointment of David Guitreau to the Gonzales City Council in order to fill the seat left vacant following the resignation of Gary Lacombe.
Lacombe resigned in the face of a dedicated recall effort in November which successfully petitioned for a special election to remove him from his position. He was one of the two councilmen, including Timothy Vessel, who were targeted by a group called Save Gonzales due to votes against zoning issues which many felt cost the City of Gonzales job opportunities. The councilmen also drew criticism for approving cuts to funding for the police department from the city's budget.
Jindal's interim appointment of Guitreau comes after the City Council failed to fill the vacancy within a 20 day period required by statute. The primary election to permanently fill the seat will be held on Saturday, Mar. 28, and the general election will be held on Saturday, May 2.
Guitreau, of Gonzales, is the owner of Guitreau General Contractors and has nearly 40 years of experience in the construction industry. He is a graduate of Gonzales High School and Baton Rouge Vocational Technical College. Guitreau will now serve as interim Councilman of Division E, as required by statute.
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