Lafourche Parish Government has hired its new Economic Development Director.
The Parish Council unanimously approved the hiring of Kristi Lumpkin at tonight's parish council meeting.
The vote was 9-0. Seven of the council members participated in the meeting via Zoom, two others were on telephone call.
Lumpkin lands in Lafourche with a decorated resume.
She's spent the past decade in development as the Economic Development Administrator for the City of Ruston, and during her time in that position, she helped to grow and diversify the city's economy.
She also has experience working in economic development in Baton Rouge and Lafayette in her career.
In recent weeks, Parish President Archie Chaisson said he was extremely excited for Lumpkin to be approved, saying that now more than ever, this position is important in Lafourche - a time where the state economy is reeling with a low price of oil and a global pandemic.
At the meeting tonight, he said he was thrilled with the hire. Lumpkin was picked out of 35 applicants and 12 semifinalists and 5 finalists.
Before hiring Lumpkin, Chaisson said he had Lumpkin and other finalists meet several business leaders with Lafourche.
"And overwhelmingly, she was the choice," Chaisson said.
Councilman Corey Perrilloux said he's been on board with Chaisson's appointees and he has no doubt that she will be a "home run."
In a cover letter she penned when applying for the position, Lumpkin said she believes she can help Lafourche Parish move forward because of her ability to create relationships with businesses owners to recruit them to our area.
"I have been in the Economic Development profession since 2002 working for local, regional and state organizations," she said. "I believe I have the background and skills that would be beneficial for your needs and further the mission of the Parish."