Mayor Bart Niedner announces he has accepted the resignation of Director of Economic Development Darrell Hampsten
“Sadly, personal and family circumstances prevent me from offering the level of dedication expected of all City employees,” Hampsten said. “Mayor Niedner and City Administrator Kelly Henderson have assembled an effective, tight-knit team at the City and daily I see them in action. I know this administration has the City of Louisiana prepared for great things, and I regret not being able to participate in the great future in store.”
“Darrell was able to build on his predecessor’s start, start new initiatives and has helped the City grow. He has helped bring good jobs to the City,” Mayor Niedner said. “While I wish he was able to stay on board to help complete our mission, the City respects his personal circumstance and wishes him well as he moves to St. Charles County.”
Hampsten will stay on board until a replacement is found, ensuring a smooth transition necessary to keep the momentum going. “Louisiana will soon see huge investments in transportation, most importantly including the Champ Clark Bridge replacement but also the Route 79 bridge over Noix Creek and the city-funded improvements to Georgia Street,” Hampsten said. “These investments are crucial for the future of Louisiana, and in my opinion could easily not have happened if not for the tireless efforts of Mayor Niedner and Administrator Henderson. They and the entire city workforce are battling daily to bring Louisiana back after years of deferred maintenance and other issues. Companies demand that level of effort when looking for places to locate or expand. Louisiana has great potential with its multiple transportation options, but many places do. What sets Louisiana apart from other cities its size is the dedication to improving itself, such as voting in 2016 to impose its own sales tax to invest in the city. Not many people vote to raise their own taxes, but I believe the citizens of Louisiana have faith in the administration not only that the investment is needed, but that the money will be spend wisely and effectively. I certainly have that faith.”
“As Louisiana prepares to celebrate its Bicentennial in 2018 a dedicated group of volunteers is working hard to plan an appropriate celebration. My replacement will need to serve as a uniter of people and one who will live in and become a vital part of the community. I regret my personal and family circumstances prevent me from offering that dedication this job requires.”
For more information please contact Darrell Hampsten, Director of Economic Development for the City of Louisiana at (573) 355-7507.