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Posted on: January 16, 2024

Mayor Broome Appoints Dante Bidwell as Chief Administrative Officer

Dante BidwellBaton Rouge, LA – January 15, 2024 – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome is pleased to announce the appointment of Dante Bidwell as the new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Baton Rouge. This appointment follows the commendable service of retired Major General Glenn Curtis, who has been contributing to humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.

Dante Bidwell, who has been serving as the Chief of Staff since the summer of 2022, has been a pivotal figure in managing significant City-Parish matters. His leadership in areas like public safety, infrastructure, and his role as a liaison with the Metropolitan Council have been instrumental.

Prior to joining Mayor Broome's team, Mr. Bidwell held various positions within the New Orleans Police Department administration. Notably, he was the compliance manager starting December 2016, during a critical period of reform and policy overhaul under a federal consent decree.

Mayor Broome said, "Dante Bidwell's appointment as CAO is a testament to his unwavering commitment and exceptional ability to lead and manage complex City-Parish operations. We are confident that his experience and dedication will greatly benefit Baton Rouge. Retired Major General Glenn Curtis is commended for his service and continued humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. Dr. James Llorens, who admirably stepped in as interim CAO, is also commended for his dedication and contributions.”

“I am proud of the work we’ve done in Baton Rouge and confident that Dante Bidwell will lead the City-Parish to new heights. It’s been an honor to serve Baton Rouge, and I look forward to seeing the continued progress under the leadership of Mayor Broome and Mr. Bidwell,” said Curtis.

“Serving as interim CAO was a privilege, and I’m excited to see the innovative approaches Dante Bidwell will bring to this role. The dedication and commitment of our administration, exemplified by leaders like Mr. Bidwell, ensure a bright future for our city,” said Llorens.

“I am honored to step into this role and carry forward the momentum we’ve built in improving the lives of our residents in Baton Rouge. Working closely with Mayor Broome and learning from the experiences of leaders like General Curtis and Dr. Llorens has been invaluable in preparing me for this responsibility,” said Bidwell.

City-Parish salutes the service of both General Curtis and Dr. Llorens, and warmly welcomes Mr. Bidwell in his new role as Chief Administrative Officer.

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