Donald L. Bertrand, Council Member
Phone: (337) 291-8807
Donald L. "Don" Bertrand, began his second term as a Lafayette City Parish councilman in January of 2012. Born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana. He credits his interest in public service to his father, the former District 15 JDC Judge Lucien C. Bertrand, Jr. (Dec.), his Godfather, The Honorable Senator Edgar G. Mouton, Jr., and the opportunity to attend Louisiana Boys State between his Junior and Senior year of High School, and was chosen by his city (Jefferson City) to be Mayor where as fate would have it, his team planned a utility for the fictitious Jefferson City.
Prior to election in 2007, Don served on the Metropolitan Planning Committee for three years as Chairman of the Transportation Policy Committee (2004-2007) and was appointed to the LINC (Lafayette-in a Century) Steering Committee (1998 – 2000), which conducted a three-year planning recommendation study that led to, and is the precursor of, the "Lafayette Comprehensive Plan." Don believes that our current congestion is result of growth without planning for the future, leaving our city with few options to create the opportunity for minor arterial roads. This is precisely why we find our community needing to rely on connectivity plans for motorists to have options, in particular in the Southern areas of Lafayette Parish.
Don has also been an outspoken proponent for making Lafayette and Lafayette Parish a walkable city and parish.
Don served with the grass roots effort to bring Fiber-To-The-Home, and as a member of the Republican Parish Executive Committee, led and encouraged the passing of 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.
Don was an early and proud supported to "Save the Horse Farm", voted and advocated for the funding by the city to purchase the property from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He continues to be involved in the future of the Central Park at Lafayette. "People are drawn to and identify with a sense of place, that's what makes and to continue to make Lafayette feel like home. Saving the Horse Farm for a future city park is an opportunity that rarely comes and at a cost we can afford."
Don has been active in council leadership roles serving as Chairman of the Council his freshman year (2008-2009) and for Lafayette's utility, (Lafayette Utilities Services) and LUS Fiber serving as Chairman (2009-2010) (2011-2012)(2013-2014) (2014-2015) of the 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. The APPA meets several times a year in Washington, D.C. to discuss and lobby congress regarding matters critical to our local utility and other utility companies across the United States.
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.
As Chairman in 2008, in conjunction with the chairman of the School Board, joint meetings were instituted making this the first of its kind. Don hopes these will resume with new School Board leadership. "Our community should lead the state in education."
As a member of the City-Parish Council of Lafayette Consolidated Government, Don Bertrand has served over the past seven years as a liaison to the International Trade Division, i.e. Le Centre International de Lafayette. More particularly, he has represented and supported Lafayette in the effort to build a North American Francophone City Network anchored in Canada by the City of Quebec and in the US, by Lafayette, Louisiana. This network will eventually become the North American component of AIMF, a Paris-based prestigious and world-wide organization presided by the Mayor of Paris. Don Represented the City of Lafayette on behalf of the Mayor-President in 2008 when the City of Lafayette was honored and recognized by the AIMF as the first American city to become a member of the AIMF by Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë along with former Prime Minister of France, Jacques Cherac, and meetings in the summer of 2008 with Mayor Régis Labeaume and Mayors of other French heritage cities and in the fall of 2008 at the request of Mayor Labeaume. Don again attended as a representative of the City of Lafayette the 450th Anniversary of the founding of Quebec City and again for meetings in 2009 in Quebec City at the request of the Mayor of Quebec City. Don represented Lafayette when he attended AIMF conferences again in 2011 hosted by the Mayor Lausanne, Switzerland, Daniel Brélaz, and AIMF Conferences in Paris, France hosted by Mayor Bertrand Delanoë in 2013. While in the area he and Mayor President Durel were received by leaders in Ponchatrain, France. Ponchatrain holds a bi annual Cajun and Creole festival is held not unlike those held in other parts of the French speaking cities in the world and US.
Don also represented the City-Parish of Lafayette and Le Centre International at the presentation of the "E" award by the United States Secretary of Commerce in Washington in 2011, and at the Congrès Mondial Acadien 2014 (World Acadian Congress) in Maine, Quebec and New Brunswick. Finally, he has been a very strong proponent and an active participant in all Lafayette's sister-cities relations and special events including in Namur, Belgium; Poitiers, France; and La Cannet, France. Don believes that to be a world class business and cultural city, our city should develop and nurture business and cultural relationships around the world with those other Francophone countries who visit and support our region in industry, culture and tourism.
Don supports efforts to promote Festival International, Festival Acadian et Creole, French Emersion, the development of an International High School and College at University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and encourages our international students. Don is also a strong proponent of the Arts and our Cultural Heritage and considers these programs part of Lafayette's economic draw in the State of Louisiana, US and worldwide. "We are a region of artistic and creative people and we need to foster and support those talents. It is why people come to our area and why they want to visit again and again, and in some cases make this their home."
Don has served on several boards and civic organizations and is a graduate of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lafayette Class XVII. He is an independent Petroleum Landsman, married to the former Camille Domingue and together they have four children and two grandchildren.