Joel Robideaux, Mayor-President
Phone: (337) 291-8300
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 4017-C, Lafayette, LA 70502
Lafayette Mayor President Joel Robideaux hosted his inaugural parish-wide address, titled Robideaux Report, on the evening of Thursday, March 30 at the Heymann Center. During his speech, Mr. Robideaux spoke about his administration's first year, including highlights and challenges, and gave attendees a glimpse of his new cultural economy initiative for 2017. Missed the Robideaux Report, Year-in-Review? Get a recap here, or you can watch it in it's entirety thanks to AOC Community Media.
Mayor-President Robideaux was elected in October 2015, and officially took office on January 4, 2016.
Campaigning on the promise of “working together” with Lafayette’s leaders and citizens, Mayor-President Robideaux has been doing just that since taking office, working to understand the opportunities and challenges of government, meeting regularly with LCG elected officials and staff, local business and civic leaders and constituents, as well as Mayors and leaders of municipalities across Lafayette Parish, to understand parish-wide needs and successes. Following the historic flooding in August, Mr. Robideaux was appointed to Governor John Bel Edwards’ Restore Louisiana Task Force and is serving as the Chairman of the housing sub-committee.
In keeping to his commitment to move Lafayette forward, Mayor-President Robideaux has partnered with Target Zero, a national nonprofit organization which works with community animal shelters. Along with Target Zero, Mr. Robideaux has outlined a plan to implement best practices to decrease animal euthanasia and increase the rescue and adoption rates at the Lafayette Parish Animal Control Center. Since joining the Target Zero Fellowship, the animal shelter has instituted monthly weekend adoption events and increased their partnerships with local, regional and national animal groups to significantly increase pet adoptions.
As a major gateway to the city, parish and university, Mayor-President Robideaux has identified the redevelopment and revitalization of University Avenue as a priority project. At the Mayors’ Institute on City Design in June, Mr. Robideaux engaged with architects, urban designers, planners and fellow Mayors from around the country for input from experts and peers on opportunities and challenges surrounding the corridor. Since then, the Acadiana Metropolitan Planning Organization has awarded Lafayette Consolidated Government more than $500,000 to fund two projects on the University Avenue corridor. One project will fund the design and construction of a roundabout on University Avenue at Renaud Drive, just north of the Interstate. A second project will be the development of a corridor plan for University Avenue to unify the planning efforts along the state highway.
In early November, Mayor-President Joel Robideaux announced his appointment of veteran law enforcement officer and former prosecutor, Toby Aguillard, as Chief of Police of the Lafayette Police Department. Chief Aguillard has a combined 28 years in law enforcement and criminal justice experience and assumed the position that had been held since February by Interim Chief Reginald Thomas. Subsequently, Mr. Robideaux provisionally appointed Chief Thomas to Deputy Chief. The LPD Police Chief position was vacated in January when longtime Police Chief Jim Craft was appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards to serve as executive director of the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement.
Just weeks after taking office, Mr. Robideaux's administration began a comprehensive review of the budget to address the gap created by the decline in sales tax revenue. While Lafayette's leader is confident the community will return to the thriving economy enjoyed in recent years, he takes seriously the responsibility to run government efficiently. Under the guidance of CFO Lorrie Toups, LCG was successful in refinancing three City Sales Tax Bond issues, producing savings of more than $9.4 million to be realized over the next ten years. Mr. Robideaux is committed to provide a fiscally responsible budget that contemplates the needs of our constituents and will continue due diligence in pursuit of reducing cost to local government.
On a live weekly radio show called “The Sport of Politics,”
Mayor-President Robideaux shares his position on issues, opens the phone lines to discuss the public’s thoughts and ideas, and invites community leaders to share news and views on current local, regional and state-wide topics.
As a veteran member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, then-Representative Robideaux served as Chairman to the important posts of the House Ways & Means Committee and the Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay.
As a representative, Mayor-President Robideaux was recognized by his colleagues with the coveted Hudson Cup, the "Gentleman of the House" award for the legislator who “most exemplifies the qualities of decorum, respect, humor and leadership” during the 2013 legislative session and in 2010 was elected Speaker Pro Tempore of the House.
Mayor-President Robideaux grew up in Lafayette where he and his wife Bobette raised their three boys -- Dylan, Brennan, and Luke. He is a graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) and LSU, earning his master’s degree in Finance before becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He has owned and operated a successful accounting firm in Lafayette, serving individuals, families and businesses since 1996.
Mayor-President Robideaux has been active in the community, having served as Charter President of Kiwanis of Vermilion and a board member for both Camp De Bon Coeur and Habitat for Humanity. He has been an adjunct faculty member at UL and an instructor for Junior Achievement. As a fan of youth sports, he also coached for Lafayette Little League Baseball and Lafayette Youth Soccer.