Broome to focus on police department following election
BATON ROUGE – Mayor-President elect Sharon Weston Broome held her first press conference since being elected to announce her transition team, inauguration date and her next steps.
Broome announced that her inauguration date will be Jan. 2, following the inauguration of the new Metro Council.
She announced the formation of her transition team, BR Transition, and its co-chairs Donna Fraiche and Raymond Jetson. Fraiche is an attorney with Baker Donaldson. Raymond is Jetson is pastor of Star Hill Church and CEO and president of Metro Morphosis.
Broome also announced her transition coordinator as Chris Tyson and Dr. Tamiara Wade as her senior executive advisor during the transition. In addition to her transition team, there are eight other teams that will target finance, public works, safety, community development, human development and services, information services and purchasing.
The transition office will be located at the Bon Carre Technology Center on Florida Boulevard and a website will be launched soon, Broome said.
Broome reassured attendees of her press conference on Monday that no cost of the transition and inauguration will be taken from public funds.
Reporters questioned Broome about Phase 2 of the Green Light Plan failing at the polls on Saturday and what she plans to do to address the program. She responded by stating that she was "disappointed" that the tax proposals did not pass for the program, however the program will move forward.
"We will finish the projects that are on the books and we will certainly work to make sure that these projects get finished in a timely manner," Broome said.
She further stated that she did not know the reasons why the proposals did not pass, however she plans to have discussions with the community to see if the program can get back on "get back on track."
Broome also stated that she will sit down with BRPD Chief of Police Carl Dabadie in searching for a new chief both locally and nationally to find the "best qualified person" with her vision as it relates to public safety.
Broome said that another press conference will be held again on Thursday, Dec. 15 to further announce her plans as Mayor-President elect.
Broome defeated her opponent, Bodi White, by about 2,000 votes for Mayor-President in Saturday's run-off. Broome succeeds Kip Holden.
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