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Date Press Release
9/28/2017

Carmen Brabham & Jamie Seal's Letter to the Editor on the Parish Government Session

For Immediate Release:                                                       9/28/17
Contact:                                                                                 Casie H. Navarre
                                                                                                985-375-0389
                                                                                                chnavarre@fgb.net

Carmen Brabham & Jamie Seal's Letter to the Editor on the Parish Government Session

Dear Editor,

Tangipahoa Parish is on the move!  This was evident when the 2017-2018 Leadership Tangipahoa Class had its first road trip Tuesday, September 19.  This experience provided a tour of Parish Government.  The show began at the Tangipahoa Parish Council Chambers in Amite.  Parish President Robby Miller greeted the group and shared his philosophy.  He believes in hiring the best, ensuring they understand their duties, have the tools to do that job, and the authority to carry it out.  The group then learned history of the parish from the Director of Finance, Jeff McKneely.  Other speakers included Joe Thomas, Chief Administration Officer, Dawson Primes, Director of Homeland Security, Andy Carrier, Director of Public Works, and Tonya Mabry, Director of Section 8 Housing.

Next, the group toured the very impressive Emergency Operations Center (EOC).  This facility was grant funded and provides resources for first responders and parish officials during an emergency.  The structure was built to withstand hurricane force winds, tornados, explosions, and chemical warfare.  In the event of an emergency, first responders will use this location as the Command Center to provide assistance to parish residents and emergency personnel.

The parish Court House was the next stop on the tour.  Ms. Margaret Sibley gave an overview of the voting process and procedures for elections.  At the Assessor's Office, Mr. Brady Sledge, Jr. Deputy Assessor, provided information and services provided by his office.  The tour continued to the Clerk of Court's Office where Mr. Gary Stanga outlined the day to day happenings of his office.  He was very complimentary of his staff, and explained that his department is self-funded, relying on fees collected for services provided to maintain the department. It was interesting to learn the role of the Clerk of Court's Office in the parish criminal justice system. Roles included providing minutes and handling evidence provided in cases.

Before lunch, the group toured the Florida Parishes Arena where Kelly Wells explained the function of the arena and the various activities held at the facility.  Lunch was served at the Event Center and was prepared by Nonna's Cafe of Amite.  After lunch, Mr. James Wascom, the Director of Louisiana Homeland Security, gave a presentation to the group on the operations of and response to the 2016 Floods by the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP). 

After lunch, the tour continued at the Tangipahoa Parish Landfill where the group traveled to the highest point in Tangipahoa Parish.  Andy Carrier and Donnie Colona were the guides of the tour and provided information on the how's and why's of the operation.  They explained the value of the landfill for the Tangipahoa Parish and the plans for expansion currently underway to ensure future operations. 

From the Landfill, the group departed for Hammond where they toured the Mosquito Abatement and Control Office.  Mr. Dennis Wallette explained how areas are chosen for spraying as well as the research conducted by Ms. Colby Colona, the districts in-house etymologist. We were able to learn that there are many species of mosquitos that affect the parish and that multiple methods are used to complete abatement within the district.   

The next stop was the Tangipahoa Parish Animal Control facility where Director Chip Fitz led a guided tour.  He provided information on the services they provide as well as the procedures they follow to help animals find or return to a loving home. We learned that the parish uses their trucks to highlight the successes of the parish animal control facility by having pictures of animals adopted wrapped around the vehicle.  Mr. Fitz also explained that the facility will send dogs to other states that have a shortage of animals available for adoption.

The final stop was the Parish Permitting Department.  Various entities are located in this facility in order for the public to have easy access to the services provided.  Speakers included Alyson Lapuma, Director, Community Development and Planning, Bridget Bailey, Prevention Coalition, Bill Moorman, Support/GIS Specialist, Reynae Langlois, Planning Department, Chris Chappell, Compliance Officer, Nathan Diamond, Code Enforcement, Jimmy Pecoraro, Permit Department, and Tom Fagan, Environmental Health.

At the conclusion of the tour, it was evident that President Miller indeed has placed professional, effective personnel at each of the departments visited.  They are not only passionate about the job they do, but the improvement of Tangipahoa Parish. 

Sincere thanks to Mr. Nick Gagliano for facilitating the tour and keeping the day interesting and on schedule.  The group would also like to extend appreciation to Parish President Robby Miller for sponsoring lunch, along with Tangipahoa Tourism and transportation services and drivers.  After visiting these sites, it is easy to see how Tangipahoa Parish is definitely on the move!

Warmest Regards,
Carmen Brabham
Leadership Tangipahoa, Class of 2017-2018
Carmen.brabham@yahoo.com

 

Jamie Seal
Leadership Tangipahoa, Class of 2017-2018
JSeal@qesla.copm

 

Carmen serves as the Early Childhood Coordinator for Tangipahoa Parish School System.  She functions as the supervisor of the Pre-K programs for the district as well as the Lead Agency Contact between the State Department of Education and the Tangipahoa Community Network which includes Head Start and Child Care centers.  Her responsibilities include grant management, professional development coordination, student enrollment, observations, student and teacher data analysis, as well as program monitoring.

Carmen Brabham
Early Childhood Coordinator
Tangipahoa Parish School System

Mr. Jamie Seal currently serves as Vice President of Operations for Quality Engineering & Surveying, LLC where he assists with managing the daily operations as well as all municipal projects. Mr. Seal has his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Southeastern Louisiana University and is nationally certified as a Floodplain Manager. As a project manager and mitigation specialist, Mr. Seal has worked on mitigation programs in over 1/3 of the parishes in Louisiana. Mr. Seal is active within his community and beyond, serving on the Board of Directors for Child Advocacy Services, as President of Livingston Young Professionals, and a member of both Forum35 and the Kiwanis Club of Denham Springs. He is a strong advocate for foster children, co-founding the Livingston Foster Adoptive Kinship Association in 2013 and having adopted both his sons from the foster system in 2015.

Jamie Seal
Vice President of Operations
Quality Engineering & Surveying, LLC