Kelly resigns position as Levee District executive director

PATTERSON — After just six months on the job, St. Mary Parish Levee District Executive Director Allen Kelly has resigned his post, citing personal reasons.

St. Mary Parish Levee District President Bill Hidalgo made the announcement during Thursday’s meeting, and the board unanimously accepted his resignation and initiated a search for a new director.

Kelly, who tendered his resignation Tuesday, was not present at Thursday’s meeting.

Hidalgo said the levee district will begin a search for a new director, which will include reviewing the list of candidates who previously applied for the position.

Kelly’s tenure began when his hiring was approved unanimously by the board during its March 10 meeting.

Kelly, of Shreveport, was chosen from 25 applicants who applied for the position.

He was a retired lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Army Reserves where he had served for 31 years, 10 of those on active duty. His duties included overseeing the construction of reserve facilities in Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas and serving as deputy director of operational support of more than 10,000 soldiers preparing for deployment to Afghanistan and Iraq.

In other action at Thursday’s meeting, the board:

—Approved two letters of no objection.

—Learned from board member Norris Crappell that he has received a manual from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that outlines how to remove trees that have sprouted along the parish’s levee system.

—Learned from Hidalgo that Levee Corporation of America has submitted a proposal to do deficiency repair work on the levee system in the parish. The levee board has identified areas that need work between the Berwick Locks to the East Calumet Floodgate — all Mississippi River and Tributary system levees. The work will be completed as part of a pilot program, and the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority has said it is possible half of the work may be funded by the state and the levee district would fund the other half.

—Learned from Levee District secretary Barry Broussard that Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursements funds are beginning to come in from this year’s flood fight. The board also agreed to payment of $806,793 in expenditures from this flood fight.

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