There’s been a changing of the guard in the leadership of the Ascension Parish Council, and more changes are likely in parish government.
Two-term Councilman Randy Clouatre, of St. Amant, replaces Councilman Chris Loar, of Prairieville, as the council chairman.
Besides increased public profile, the council chairman runs council meetings, regulates public debate in those meetings and sets council agendas for the 11-member body.
With an unopposed vote and a switching of seats Aug. 7 during a meeting in Donaldsonville, Loar passed on the chairman’s gavel to Clouatre with a pat on the back.
“First of all, I thank my fellow council members for your vote of support,” Clouatre said after taking the chairman’s seat.