Government Documents:

State of Louisiana

Constitution of the State of Louisiana

Revised Statutes

Louisiana State Department of Education , Comprehensive Curriculum, Grade Level Equivalents for Civics   [A grade-level expectation is a statement that defines what all students should know and be able to do at the end of a given grade level for that course ]; Louisiana State Department of Education website.

Louisiana Board of Election Supervisor's Handbook: Duties and Responsibilities
(Office of Secretary of State)

The Handbook for Louisiana Library Trustees

Lafayette Parish

Budget Document, 2009-2010 Lafayette Consolidated Government

Financial Reports, 2008,and 2009, Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government

"A Citizen's Guide to the Budget," Lafayette Consolidated Government

“A Home Rule Charter for the Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government, April 1992, 5th printing January, 2010.

City of Lafayette Home Rule Charter, adopted 1971, 1976 printing

Home Rule Charter, Lafayette Parish, 1983

Lafayette Metropolitan Planning Organization, Unified Planning Work Program: FY2010/2011. (Lafayette Consolidated Government, July 2010.

"Teche-Vermilion Fresh Water District, A Feature of the Mississippi River and Tributaries Flood Control Project of 1928," booklet by the Teche-Vermilion Fresh Water District

Financial Review, December 31, 2009, Teche-Vermilion Fresh Water District

Financial Review, 2008, Lafayette Parish Assessor

Financial Review, Bayou Vermilion District, 2008

Lafayette Parish Bayou Vermilion District 2009 Budget and Proposed 2010 Budget Summaries

Financial Report, Year ended June 30, 2009, Lafayette Parish Clerk of Court

LEDA Financial Report, 2008

Lafayette Consolidated Government Budget Guide

LEDA Approved 2010 Revenues and Expenditures (11-23-09)

LITE Legislative Audit, 2009

Annual Review, Lafayette Regional Airport Commission Annual Report, 2009

Financial Report, Lafayette Regional Airport Commission, 2008, especially Tables 1, 3, 4

Financial Report, 2009-2010, Lafayette Parish Public Board of Control

Financial Report, Downtown Development Authority, Year Ended Dec. 31, 2009

Financial Report, Lafayette Parish Waterworks District North, Year ending Dec. 31, 2009 & 2008

Financial Report, Lafayette Parish Waterworks District South, 2009

Financial Report, Cajundome Commission, Year Ended Oct. 31, 2009

"Lafayette Parish Government Annual Report Required by LA:R.S. 42:283-285 for the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2009, Registrar of Voters."

Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office General Orders, Chapter: Administration, Subject Organizational Structure, PP. 1-10, Revised 5-30-2008

Financial Review, Office of the Sheriff, 2009

Annual Report ’09, Lafayette Consolidated Government

Lafayette Pride Guide, 3rd edition, 2009, Lafayette Consolidated Government


Jay Castille, Chair, City-Parish Council and Chair, Charter Committee

Jim Croft, Chief of Police, Lafayette

Sona Dombourian, Director, Lafayette Public Library

Becky Lalumia, Chief Financial Officer, Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government

 Dee Stanley, Chief Administrative Officer, Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government

 Ed Abell,  Chair, Charter Commission which authored the 1992 Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government Charter

Glenn Brasseaux, Mayor of the City of Carencro

Don Broussard, Water Operations Manager, Lafayette Utilities System, Lafayette Consolidated Government

Barbara Broussard, State Representative for District 8, Louisiana Justice of the Peace and Constables' Association, Justice of the Peace

Conrad Comeaux, Lafayette Parish Assessor

Dugas, Matthew, Director of Finance,  Lafayette Parish School System

Ehrhardt, Dr. Dennis, Department of Geography, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Gauthreaux, Gregg, Executive Director, Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA)

Hollier, Mike, Planning Director, Metropolitan Planning Organization, Planning & Zoning Division, Traffic & Transportation Department, Lafayette Consolidated Government

Kraemer, Jean, Past President and current Board member, Lafayette Parish Public Library Board of Control

Pat Logan, Associate Director, Public Works Department, Lafayette Consolidated Government

Charlene Meaux-Menard, Lafayette Parish Registrar of Voters

Carl Meche, Director, Tax Collection Office, Lafayette Parish School System

Christine McCrory, civics teacher, Lafayette Parish School System
Nutter, Erin, Executive Assistant, Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA)

Perret, Louis, Clerk of Court, Lafayette Parish

Poche, Richard, Chair, City-Parish Recreation Advisory Commission

Richard, Scott, Instructional Supervisor, Lafayette Parish School System

Keith Sibille, Chief Financial Advisor, Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office

Keith Talamo, Chief Medicolegal Investigator, Lafayette Parish Coroner's Office

Carolyn Bouillion, Administrative Assistant, Lafayette Parish Coroner’s Office

Donald Sagrera, Executive Director, Teche-Vermilion Freshwater District

Cynthia Trahan, Chief Executive Officer, Bayou Vermilion District

 Troy Courville,  Certified Public Accountant, Kolder, Champagne, Slaven, & Company, LLC

Pamela LaFleur, Vice-President of Administration, Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA)

Jeff Larcade, Planner II, Department of Planning, Zoning and Codes. Lafayette Consolidated Government

Cindy Jean, Secretary, Lafayette Airport Commission

Mary Green, Comptroller, Lafayette Airport Commission

Mike Hefner, former member of the Lafayette Parish School Board

Interview, Patrick Logan, Associate Director, Public Works Department, Lafayette Consolidated Government

Telephone Calls for Specific Information

Terry Huval, Director, Lafayette Utilities System, February, 2010 about Lafayette Public Utilities Authority.

Dr. Carl Brasseaux, former Director of the Center for Louisiana Studies, February, 2011 about the 1884 form of city government for the newly formed City of Lafayette.

League of Women Voters  Publications

"Overview of Local Governments in Lafayette Parish," booklet by League of Women Voters of Lafayette, Feb., 2011

"Guide to Officials Elected by Lafayette Parish Voters," League of Women Voters of Lafayette, OfficialswithContents-44.pdf

"Everybody's Schools, A Study

Observing Your Government in Action: Protecting Your Right to Know; A Resource Guide, League of Women Voters, 2007.

"Know Your Community," League of Women Voters of the United States, 1972.

Archived records of the League of Women Voters of Lafayette, Special Collections, Edith Dupre Library, University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Archived records of the League of Women Voters of Louisiana, Louisiana State Archives, Baton Rouge.


Wolman, Hal, Robert McManmon, Michael Bell, David Brunori, George Washington"Comparing Local Governmental Autonomy Across States," GWIPP, "Working Paper (undated, written since 2008),  Institute of Public Policy, George Washington University, 1-17-091-1.pdf

“Should EBR abolish its metropolitan government?”, Baton Rouge Business Report, Jan. 28, 2010

 "The Lawrason Act," Prepared by the Louisiana Municipal Association, Jerry J. Guillot, December, 2008.

"Water District Tax Renewal Could Face Questions," The Independent, 12-18-09


Current textbook adopted for high school civics, Lafayette Parish School System (teacher's edition)

Local Government, Kid's Guide, Ernestine Giesecke, Heinemann Library, Chicago Illinois, 2000

Answer Book: Your Guide to Acadiana.  The Daily Advertiser, August 2, 2009

Berman, David. County Governments in an Era of Change, Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1993.

McAllister, Mary Louise. Governing Ourselves?  The Politics of Canadian Communities. University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver, British Columbia, 2004.

Rowat, Donald C.  Your Local Government, Macmillan Company of Canada, 1965

Colten, A Geography of Louisiana, 2007

Kniffen, et al. Historic Indian Tribes of Louisiana

Spearing. Roadside Geology of Louisiana

Louisiana  Almanac 2008-2009

Case Studies/General Discussion of Consolidation/Intergovernmental Cooperation

"City-County Consolidation and Diseconomies of Scale; Summary of Selected Literature," Chris Pineda, Government Innovators Network

Case Studies of City-County Consolidation: Reshaping the Local Government Landscape (Armonk, N. Y:  M.E. Sharpe, 2004)

 “A Comparative Analysis of City/County Consolidations,” Pennsylvania Economy League, Pittsburgh, PA, February 7, 2007  [site last visited 3-23-10:  CityCountyConsolidationsComparativeAnalysis-7.pdf]

 “City/County Cooperation,” Allegheny Conference on Community Development, [site last visited 3-23-10:]


Minutes, Charter Committee, January 25, 2010 and February 1, 2010

Webstreaming, Charter Committee meeting video, February 1, 2010

Power Point presentation by Pat Ottinger, City-Parish Attorney, Charter Committee meeting, January 25, 2010

Town Hall Meetings, 2010

Concerned Citizens for Good Government open forums on deconsolidation, 2010

Public forum by League of Women Voters with the mayors of Lafayette Parish: City-Parish President Joey Durel, Glenn Brasseaux, and Charles Langlinais, December, 2010

Public forum by League of Women Voters, "Government Services and Growth in Lafayette Parish," Panelists Ben Berthelot, Don Broussard, Richard Poche, and Bruce Conque, May, 2010

Power Point presentation by Bruce Conque, Public Relations, Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, Webinar, March 2, 2010

 Minutes, Lafayette City-Parish Council, February 17, 2010

 Agenda, Lafayette City-Parish Council, March 9, 2010


“Our City-Parish Government”, Baton Rouge Government [site last visited 3-20-10,

Lafayette Consolidated Government's website,

Lafayette Parish School Board,

Lafayette Parish Clerk of Court,

Lafayette Parish Assessor,

web site,

 Lafayette Public Library,

Lafayette Library Board of Control, (Attorney General)