METAIRIE, La. — Keith Conley has officially been appointed to finish Chris Roberts term as Councilman at Large in Jefferson Parish.
The vote was 4-0. Mark Spears and Jennifer Van Vrancken were absent from the meeting.
Conley, the former Parish COO, was nominated by Councilman Rickey Templet. He was the only candidate still being considered by the council after Lisa Jennings from the West Bank Business Association put her support behind Conley.
Conley stepped down as the parish’s Chief Operating Office on Jan. 1 of this year, saying he was looking into running for the at-large council seat or possibly Parish President.
Conley will no longer be able to run for the at-large seat when his term is up due to his appointment.
Chris Roberts, who abruptly resigned from his seat on the parish council on April 29, had served on the council since 2004, when he represented District 1, prior to becoming the Council-At-Large from Division ‘A,’ a post he has served in for seven years.
Roberts was charged by by federal prosecutors last week with 29 counts of wire fraud and tax evasion.