As reported by The INDsider yesterday, Bruce Conque is
stepping down from the city-parish council in order to devote himself fully to
a new job with the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. Conque will step into
a newly-created vice president’s position with the Chamber to handle marketing
and government affairs. He will remain on the council as chair of the finance
committee through budget hearings, which wrap up Sept. 30. Conque starts his
new job with the Lafayette Chamber Oct. 1. The council will then have
15 days to appoint someone to fill the District 6 seat until a special election
can be called to decide who will fill out the remainder of Conque’s term. The
earliest the special election can be held is April 9, 2009.
Conque officially announced his plans at a press conference
this morning at City Hall. Here is his prepared statement:
I will be resigning my position representing District 6 on the
Lafayette City Parish Council effective October 1, 2008. I do so to pursue
an opportunity with the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce to advance my
personal and professional interests in the private sector.
While my professional career schedule in the past has been
flexible and allowed me to devote considerable time to what is a part-time
elective office, my new position with the Chamber will require significant
commitments of time and energy; both of which preclude my serving on the
Council as an effective representative of District 6.
The Chamber job comes at an opportune time in my professional
life. As an independent consultant in advertising, marketing and public
relations, it has become increasingly more difficult to retain and recruit
business in light of the code of ethics and disclosure laws which govern me as
an elected official. I fully support these good government measures but I
have found them to be restrictive as to whom I may represent and how my private
business interests are subject to public scrutiny.
It must be noted that this is a position that I neither sought nor
for which I was recruited. The opportunity came about following a series
of happenchance meetings and discussions which I have had with community and
business leaders in recent months. I look forward to joining an organization
in which I have been an long time active member.
I'm announcing my resignation today in order that I may focus on
my role in chairing this Council's first budget review process which begins
next week. Also, by announcing my resignation at this early date, there
will be more than adequate time to determine who will be appointed to
temporarily replace me on the Council and to then allow those who are
interested in serving District 6 on the Council for the remainder of this term
to organize an election campaign.
Finally, my Council resignation certainly sidetracks any political plans for my
immediate future. I will have served the public as an elected official
for four years and nine months; and, overall, my public service extends to
nearly two decades. However, there comes a time when an opportunity
presents itself and it will and cannot be ignored. I enjoy serving the
community and will continue to so; albeit in a different arena.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
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