Lafayette City-Parish Councilman Bruce Conque, a former broadcaster
who now works as a public relations consultant, is taking a new job with the
Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and resigning his District 6 council
seat. Chamber sources confirm Conque will be stepping into a newly created vice
president’s position, handling marketing and government relations. An official
announcement is being scheduled for later in the week. Reached this morning on
his cell phone, Conque would neither confirm nor deny the move. “I’m not at
liberty to discuss it at this time,” he says. Chamber President Rob Guidry left
town this morning and could not be reached for comment. Sources with knowledge
of the deal asked to remain anonymous because some members of the Chamber may
not yet have been contacted about the new hire.
Conque is expected to resign his council seat due to
the heavy time commitment involved with the new position, as well as
complications that could arise from his new responsibilities as a chamber
liaison to city-parish government. Sources cited Conque’s active involvement in
the community and deep knowledge of local government as making him uniquely
qualified for the position. Less than a year into his second term, Conque is
the senior member of the city-parish council, which saw an 8-member turnover
last year due largely to term limits. Conque currently chairs the council’s
finance committee, is council liaison to the planning and zoning commission
and library board and is a previous member of the Lafayette In a Century (LINC) committee. He also has been heavily involved with the chamber. He is a past graduate of the Chamber's Leadership Lafayette class and has previously been honored as the Chamber’s Diplomat of the Year.
Conque’s resignation from public office, the city-parish council will appoint a replacement for the District 6 seat until a special election can be held to determine who will fill out the remainder of Conque's term. The earliest the special election could be held is April 4, 2009.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.