Abbeville Council to name new parks director
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The search for the next Abbeville Parks and Recreation director will be over by the end of Tuesday

The Abbeville City Council is expected to hire one of four finalists for the job during Tuesday’s regular city council meeting. The council will interview Naomi Johnson, Crystal Ledet, Jerry Smith and Donald Wood prior to the start of that meeting. Each will be given 15 minutes to interview with the council.

“The council members will get plenty of time to ask as many questions as they like,” Abbeville Mayor Mark Piazza said. “They will ask questions about different issues concerning the recreation program.

“Hopefully they will have a candidate that presents themselves well and looks like the right person for the job.”

Piazza said he feels the four candidates are up to the task.

“All four of them look real good,” Piazza said of the candidates’ respective credentials.

Johnson, a native of New Iberia, has worked for the City of New Iberia Recreation Department. She is currently with the Albany (Georgia) Parks and Recreation Department.

Ledet earned a degree in recreation studies from Southern University. She has served as a Brown Park Youth Association board

member in Lafayette.

Smith, who is currently on the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, has also worked in rec departments in Florida and Texas.

Wood has worked nearly the past two years as athletics manager at the Oxford Park Commission in Mississippi.

The council is being presented these four names after an extensive search. After the former Parks and Rec Director Jerry Martinez resigned in early August, the council put together a four-person search committee to lead the process of finding a replacement.

The city received 139 résumés during the 30 days the job remained open. That opening closed on Sept. 6.

The committee, including Councilman-at-Large Francis Plaisance, Councilman Brady Broussard Jr., District C, Vermilion Football League President Rob Roy and Babe Ruth Baseball Regional Director Joe Cormier, met on a couple of occasions, spanning nearly eight hours, to sort through the résumés.

The committee first narrowed the list of 139 down to a dozen semifinalists. The committee interviewed those semifinalists on Sept. 19. That round led to the four finalists that will interview with the council today.

Piazza said with the sheer amount of interest the city received for the job opening, the hope would be to end up with outstanding candidates.

“I absolutely feel like that is the case,” Piazza said.
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