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Posted on: January 23, 2024

Mayor Broome Appoints New Chief of Staff and Assistant Chief Administrative Officer

Trina HallJulie Baxter PayerBaton Rouge, LA – January 23, 2024 – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome has filled two senior-level vacancies, appointing Julie Baxter Payer (left) as Chief of Staff and Trina Carolina Hall (right) as the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer over Public Works. 

Julie Baxter Payer is a 30-year resident of Baton Rouge who most recently served as Deputy Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs. She brings extensive experience in public service and legal expertise to the role. During her tenure at the LDVA, Payer managed a budget of $90 million and led a team of 850 employees. She has also served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor John Bel Edwards, playing a pivotal role in Louisiana's flood recovery efforts and addressing critical infrastructure issues. An LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center graduate, Payer's career spans roles as an attorney, an award-winning investigative television reporter, and a public servant. She has been actively involved in various community non-profits and is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association House of Delegates and the Baton Rouge Bar Association.

Trina Hall is a native of Baton Rouge who has over 28 years of accounting experience, 23 years of teaching experience, and seven years of military experience. She has worked for the City-Parish since 2014 as the Assistant Public Works Director, leading financial and management matters for all six public works departments. Hall is the first African-American woman to serve as Assistant Chief Administrative Officer over Public Works. She has previously worked as a financial controller for Belle of Baton Rouge Casino & Hotel and held accounting leadership roles for several Fortune 500 companies, including the Shaw Group, IKON Office Solutions, and Emerson Electric. She has also been an adjunct instructor at Upper Iowa University, the University of Phoenix, and Everest University. She is actively involved in several community organizations. She is a member of the American Public Works Association (APWA), the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), and the Association of Government Accountants (AGA).

Julie Baxter Payer said, "I am honored to serve as Chief of Staff for Mayor Broome. This role presents an exciting opportunity to contribute to the growth and well-being of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish, a community I deeply care about. I look forward to working closely with Mayor Broome and her team to address the challenges and seize opportunities for our city and parish."

Trina Hall said, "I am honored and excited to take on the role of Assistant Chief Administrative Officer over Public Works. With my extensive experience in accounting, education, and military service, I am committed to bringing a comprehensive and efficient approach to managing our City-Parish's public works. Serving Baton Rouge in this capacity directly allows me to contribute to our community's infrastructure and well-being. I look forward to collaborating with Mayor Broome and the rest of the team to ensure our public works are managed effectively, transparently, and with the best interests of our residents in mind."

Mayor Broome said, "I am delighted to welcome Julie Baxter Payer and Trina Hall into their new roles within our administration. Julie's exemplary record in public service and legal affairs, combined with Trina's extensive experience in accounting, management, and education, make them invaluable assets to our team. Their appointments reflect our commitment to harnessing diverse expertise and perspectives to enhance the governance of Baton Rouge. Together, we will work diligently to address our community's challenges and seize opportunities, ensuring a brighter and more prosperous future for all our residents."

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