Special S&WB meeting held after sudden resignations

Special S&WB meeting held after sudden resignations
Updated: Aug. 21, 2018 at 6:05 AM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A major shakeup has occurred at The Sewerage and Water Board just two weeks before the new executive director takes over.

A special meeting was called for Tuesday after the shakeup.

The board will get a new interim leader just as the mayor accepted the resignations of three deputy directors, all of whom received lofty pay raises.

Those who resigned were Security Chief Ronald Doucette, HR Director Sharon Judkins, and Deputy Director Valerie Rivers.

The move paved the way to replace the woman Mayor LaToya Cantrell initially picked to run the Sewerage and Water Board, Jude Brown-Russell.

Russell approved the pay raises for the three top employees. Those raises ranged from $20,000 to $45,000.

Russell will likely be replaced at the meeting on Tuesday.

The mayor said the board will vote to bring on former Coast Guard Rear Admiral David Callahan as the interim director until Ghassan Korban, who served as Milwaukee's Director of Public Works, starts at the beginning of September.

During a press conference Monday FOX 8 asked Cantrell if she forced the resignations because of the pay raises approved by Russell. She would only say the move would serve to improve credibility of the board.

Callahan will remain with the agency until Korban is comfortable to take over the head role on his own.

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