Rouchon named new parish manager in East Feliciana

The East Feliciana Parish Police Jury on Tuesday named Parish Treasurer John “JR” Rouchon as the new parish manager.

The jurors, in a 5-3 vote, named Rouchon to replace Glen Kent, who had served for about a year but is stepping down effective Sept. 30 for personal reasons.

The Police Jury in July named Rouchon interim manager after Kent made his plans to step down. The jury’s vote Tuesday removed interim from the title. Rouchon was a candidate for the job when Kent was named parish manager.

Kent replaced Judith Kelly, who worked for the parish for about 30 years before retiring.

In other business, the Police Jury voted to name Ryan Dawson as a member of the East Feliciana Parish Gas Utility District No. 2’s board of commissioners. He will replace Eileen Siebert, whose term expires at the end of the year.

Police Juror Larry Beauchamp initially asked his fellow jurors to table discussion of the appointment until the state Inspector General’s Office completed its investigation into the district over parish employees working on private property.

The jurors instead voted to move ahead with naming a successor to Siebert.

Jurors were notified Aug. 8 about parish gas district employees working on private property to lay natural gas and water lines to a home site on Battle Road.

Michael Bradford, the gas district’s manager, has defended the work, saying the crew was helping the East Feliciana Rural Water System lay a water line after the system’s trenching machine broke down.

The district’s board announced after an executive session at its Aug. 12 meeting that Bradford had done nothing wrong.

The Inspector General’s Office has said it is looking into the work.

Dawson has lived in East Feliciana Parish for the past 40 years and has operated a business in the parish for 10 years, according to his application to the board.

The Police Jury also approved a 99-year lease agreement with Slaughter Community Charter School that allows the school to build a permanent school building on its campus.

The school, located on La. 412 West in Slaughter, only has temporary buildings set up on its current site, said Police Juror Chris Hall, whose district includes the school.

The new agreement allows the school to build a permanent facility, Hall said.

The school will use about 10 acres on La. 412 near Midway Road to build the new facilities.

The school opened in August 2011 with seventh- and eighth-grade levels. It added a ninth-grade class last school year and plans to add another grade level each year until it teaches seventh through 12 grades, according to the school’s website.