Campaigning on the promise of “working together” with Lafayette’s leaders and citizens, Mayor-President Robideaux has been doing just that since taking office. Lafayette’s new Mayor-President has been working to understand the opportunities and challenges of government, meeting regularly with LCG elected officials and staff, local business and civic leaders and constituents, as well as Mayors and leaders of municipalities across Lafayette Parish, to understand parish-wide needs and successes.
In keeping to his commitment to move Lafayette forward, Mayor-President Robideaux has partnered with Target Zero, a national nonprofit organization which works with community animal shelters. Along with Target Zero, Mr. Robideaux has outlined a plan to implement best practices to decrease animal euthanasia and increase the rescue and adoption rates at the Lafayette Parish Animal Control Center.
As a major gateway to the city, parish and university, Mayor-President Robideaux has identified the redevelopment and revitalization of University Avenue as a priority project. At the Mayors’ Institute on City Design in June, Mr. Robideaux engaged with architects, urban designers, planners and fellow Mayors from around the country for input from experts and peers on opportunities and challenges surrounding the corridor.
Shortly after Lafayette’s new Mayor-President took office, long-time Police Chief Jim Craft announced his retirement. Robideaux appointed Interim Chief Reggie Thomas, a 25 year veteran of LPD and graduate of the FBI Academy, who has had early success in addressing crime with the establishment of a special investigation unit. With public safety as a priority, Mayor-President Robideaux has launched a national search to attract a large pool of qualified candidates from which to select the next permanent Chief.
On a live weekly radio show called “The Sport of Politics,”
Mayor-President Robideaux shares his position on issues, opens the phone lines to discuss the public’s thoughts and ideas, and invites community leaders to share news and views on current local, regional and state-wide topics.