The council appointed Michael A. Thomas as councilman at Large, Division B, on May 11. The seat became vacant when Thomas Capella resigned as councilman after he was elected Jefferson Parish assessor. Thomas will serve the remaining eight months of the term.
“I am honored and humbled to receive the appointment,” Thomas said. “I did not pursue this appointment just to keep the seat warm, and I do not believe my colleagues selected me to do that. There is a lot of work to be done, and I look forward to serving the citizens of Jefferson Parish.”
Thomas has many years of experience in Jefferson Parish government, including stints as an assistant parish attorney, assistant district attorney and most recently, as chief of staff to Capella. One of his duties as councilman will be to chair the Jefferson Parish Governmental Ethics, Compliance and Audit Committee.
“I believe my experience is a real asset,” Thomas said. “One of my primary duties the past year has been to write the legislation that will establish an Office of Inspector General in Jefferson Parish. My first priority will be to see that project through to the end.”
Thomas is a graduate of St. Stanislaus High School in Bay St. Louis, Miss. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University. He is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association and the Jefferson Bar Association. Thomas lives in Metairie with his son.