NEW ORLEANS, LA—Today, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Ann Duplessis, who has also been serving as interim Executive Director of the French Market Corporation, announced that she will be leaving City government for the private sector on June 14, 2013. Duplessis is leaving after three years of service at City Hall to once again join Liberty Bank & Trust management as a Senior Vice President.
Over the past 3 years as Deputy CAO, Duplessis has overseen a number of operational departments and customer service initiatives at City Hall. Her primary focus was improving overall customer service at City Hall across departments. Duplessis also initiated key reforms of the Taxicab Bureau and a consolidation of Code Enforcement departments to improve the City's ability to fight blight.
Prior to joining City Hall, Duplessis was the former Louisiana State Senator for District 2, representing New Orleans East and the Ninth Ward. She was also a longtime member of the senior leadership at Liberty Bank, with over 28 years of banking experience.
“Ann is a fine public servant first and foremost,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “While we are sad to see Ann leave City government, I know the French Market and City Hall are better because of her work. I want to personally thank Ann for her tireless dedication and hard work on behalf of our residents and businesses these past three years.”
In early 2013, Duplessis was assigned as interim Executive Director of the French Market Corporation while a search for a permanent director was put in place. She has removed her name from consideration for the permanent Executive Director post.
Duplessis currently serves as a board member of the LSU Board of Supervisors, the Louisiana Serve Commission, and Black Alliance for Educational Options.
The French Market Corporation board will continue its search and selection process. Deputy Director Patricia Henry will assume the interim Executive Director responsibilities until the selection process is completed.