Third EBR official to leave amid storm water fee controversy

Chief Administrative Officer Darryl Gissel

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome sent out an email to city-parish staff letting them know of a “major shift” in her administration on Nov. 30th.

Darryl Gissel, the chief administrative officer, is leaving by the end of 2022, but the email never disclosed his reason for leaving. The email also did not mention if Gissel was retiring or resigning from his position.

His departure comes after two previous people in the mayor’s administration have recently left after the storm water drainage controversy came to light.

Just days after Unfiltered with Kiran broke news that two federal agencies said they did not know anything about a non-disclosure agreement, the mayor’s Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Kelvin Hill resigned unexpectedly. He had been hired in 2019 by Mayor Broome.

Then, Asst. Parish Attorney Bob Abbott put in his retirement letter after several council members demanded answers from the parish-attorneys office that why they were “misled” to think there was a non-disclosure in place preventing them and the mayor from informing them and the public about the proposed storm water drainage fee.

In the email, Mayor Broome announced that Glenn Curtis would be replacing Gissel as the new CAO.

Gissel was introduced by Mayor Broome in Oct. 2017 as the city-parish’s chief administrative officer having served in the position for five years.

UWK did reach out to the mayor’s office as well as Gissel for comment on this report. So far, neither have responded.

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