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Mayor Holden appoints assistant chief administrative officer, 2 department heads

Mayor Holden appoints assistant chief administrative officer, 2 department heads
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POSTED: Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 1:30pm

UPDATED: Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 1:34pm

Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden announced today that Juvenile Services Director Gail Grover has been promoted to Assistant Chief Administrative Officer. Grover replaces Gwen Hamilton, who is retiring.

Mayor Holden also announced today that David Guillory has been appointed Public Works Director and that Jamie Mabile has been named Community Development Director.

Grover has served as the director of the City-Parish Department of Juvenile Services since 2009, where she managed a staff of 95 employees and oversaw a 52-bed youth detention facility. Prior to that, she worked for 10 years as an assistant district attorney in the Juvenile Section of the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s Office.

Grover served for nine years in the U.S. Army as a nuclear specialist before enrolling at Northwestern State University, where she graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1995. She graduated from LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center three years later with a law degree.

As an Assistant Chief Administrative Officer, Grover will work on projects assigned by Mayor Holden and Chief Administrative Officer William Daniel.

Guillory is a civil engineer with a degree from Southern University’s Baton Rouge campus, and has served as the interim Public Works Director for the nearly a year.

A 10-year veteran of the Public Works Department, Guillory started out as a civil engineer and worked his way up DPW’s ranks. He served as special assistant to the DPW director for four years before he was promoted to Assistant Public Works Director of Maintenance in 2009, and was named Chief Operations Engineer in 2012.

Guillory was named to the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report’s Top Forty under 40 in 2009, and is licensed as a professional engineer in both Louisiana and Alabama. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in LSU’s Public Administration program.

Mabile holds two degrees from LSU - a bachelor’s in mass communication with a concentration in advertising, and a master’s in mass communication with a concentration in public relations and a thesis in crisis management and crisis communications.

Mabile spent nearly four years working for the Louisiana State Division of Administration’s Office of Community Development Disaster Recovery Unit as an economic development analyst. She managed federal disaster recovery funds and initiatives for programs that included the Board of Regents’ Research Commercialization and Education Enrichment Program, the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s Recovery Workforce Training Program, the La. Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries’ grant program, the La. Dept. of Culture, Recreation and Tourism’s Tourism Marketing Recovery Program and the Louisiana Dept. of Agriculture and Forestry’s loan and grant program.

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