Joel Robideaux, Mayor-President
Phone: (337) 291-8300
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 4017-C, Lafayette, LA 70502
Read Mayor-President Joel Robideaux's 2016-2017 Budget Message here.
Review the 2017-2017 Proposed Budget here.
Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux was elected in October 2015, and officially took office on January 4, 2016.
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.
As a veteran member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, then-Representative Robideaux served as Chairman to the important posts of the House Ways & Means Committee and the Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay.
As a representative, Mayor-President Robideaux was recognized by his colleagues with the coveted Hudson Cup, the "Gentleman of the House" award for the legislator who “most exemplifies the qualities of decorum, respect, humor and leadership” during the 2013 legislative session and in 2010 was elected Speaker Pro Tempore of the House.
Mayor-President Robideaux grew up in Lafayette where he and his wife Bobette raised their three boys -- Dylan, Brennan, and Luke. He is a graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) and LSU, earning his master’s degree in Finance before becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He has owned and operated a successful accounting firm in Lafayette, serving individuals, families and businesses since 1996.
Mayor-President Robideaux has been active in the community, having served as Charter President of Kiwanis of Vermilion and a board member for both Camp De Bon Coeur and Habitat for Humanity. He has been an adjunct faculty member at UL and an instructor for Junior Achievement. As a fan of youth sports, he also coached for Lafayette Little League Baseball and Lafayette Youth Soccer.