Lafayette City-Parish Council District 7

Donald L. Bertrand, Council Member
(337) 291-8807

Donald L. "Don" Bertrand, began his second term as a Lafayette City Parish councilman in January of 2012. He has been active in council leadership roles serving as Chairman his freshman year 2008-2009 and for Lafayette's utility, Lafayette Utilities Services and LUS Fiber serving as both Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Lafayette Public Utility Authority since his election in 2007.

As councilman for District 7, one of the fastest growing areas of Lafayette City and Parish, Don is heavily invested in the planning for the future. He currently serves on Mayor-President Durel's Citizens Comprehensive Plan Committee.

Prior to election, Don served on the Metropolitan Planning Committee for three years as Chairman of the Transportation Policy Committee and was a member of the LINC (Lafayette-ill a Century) Steering Committee, which conducted a three-year planning recommendation study that led to, and is the precursor of, the "Lafayette Comprehensive Plan."

Prior to his election in 2007, Don served with the grass roots effort to bring Fiber-To-The-Home, and as a member of the Republican Parish Executive Committee, helped pass a Resolution in support of the initiative. He was the Republican leader to "Get out the Vote," in favor of LUS Fiber alongside his Democrat counterpart.

As Chairman in 2008, in conjunction with the chairman of the School Board, joint meetings were instituted making this the first of its kind. Currently as a member of the LPUA (Lafayette Public Utility Authority,) Don has continued his support for the success of LUS and LUS Fiber, and serves as a member of the APPA (American Public Power Authority) Policy Makers Committee. They meet several times a year in Washington, D.C. to discuss and lobby congress regarding matters critical to our local utility company and other utility companies across the United States.

Don has served on several boards and civic organizations and is a graduate of Leadership Lafayette Class XVII. He is an independent Petroleum Landsman and has three daughters and one granddaughter.