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Police Jury Association of LA

OPAO Annual Conference

Come join us in Baton Rouge!

Baton Rouge Marriott

5500 Hilton Avenue

Baton Rouge, LA 70808


Hosted by St. James Parish

The Louisiana Organization of Parish Administrative Officials’ Conference is a once-a-year opportunity for you to meet and discuss parish government issues with your counterparts around the state. A special effort has been made to provide valuable information, not only to secretaries, treasurers, and administrative personnel, but also to support staff, office personnel, and police jurors, that they can put into immediate practice in their jobs.

Workshop topics include:

Opening Meetings/Public Records Law


Identity Theft

Pension and Drop Options

Roundtable Discussion for Council Clerks and Parish Secretaries

Parochial Retirement Updates

Fiscal Controls (Act 706)

Smart Email Techniques

*** Each registrant (registrant refers to members, spouses and/or guests) will receive a wrist band upon registering. Wrist bands guarantee entrance into all sessions, luncheons and social events.

There will be NO ADMITTANCE to social events without wrist band.


Registration for the conference should be received prior to July 15th. The cost is $150 for registrants and elected officials and $75 for a guest or spouse. Any additional guest would be charged $150.

Registrations received after July 15th will be assessed a $10 late fee.

The registration fee includes all course material, break refreshments, two luncheons and two social functions. Full refunds will be made for cancellations by July 15th; thereafter, a $30 cancellation fee will be withheld. There will be no refunds once the conference begins. All checks should be made payable to Organization of Parish Administrative Officials' Conference.


A block of rooms is being held at the Baton Rouge Marriott at a daily rate of $109.00 per room for reservations made before July 6th. Participants should make room reservations with the hotel by calling (800) 228-9290 When making reservations, please use reference number M-26XWV8G.

Additional Information

For questions or concerns, please contact:

Angele Rodrigue

St. James Parish

P. O. Box 176

Vacherie, LA 70090

Phone: (225) 562-2400 or Fax: (225) 562-2401

Melissa Figueron

Rapides Parish Police Jury

P.O. Box 1150

Alexandria, LA 71309-1150

Phone (318) 473-6671 Fax (318) 473-6634 


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Early Registration

4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Sponsored by - CCMSI

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Dinner Buffet Sponsored by Ergon & Diamond B

8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Open Bar & Cajun Humorist Kent Gonsoulin

Thursday, July 30, 2015

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.


9:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.

Opening General Session

• Call to Order

Angele Rodrigue, OPAO President, St. James Parish

• Invocation

Paul Governale, Region 3 Board Member, St. Mary Parish

• Pledge of Allegiance

Suzette Thomas, Member at Large, Terrebonne Parish

• Welcome Address

Timothy Roussel, St. James Parish President Kip Holden, Mayor of Baton Rouge

• Introduction of OPAO Executive Board Cinnamon McKey, OPAO Vice President, Ascension Parish

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Breakout Sessions, Concurrent

Victim of Identity Theft and Fraud -

Lt. Claude Louis, Jr., St. James Parish Sheriff's Office

Open Meetings Law -

Emalie A. Boyce, Assitant Attorney General, Deputy Director, Civil Division

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - Break

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Fraud -

Sanettria Pleasant, Assistant Attorney General, Director,Public Protection Division

Understanding your Pension and DROP Options -

James Ray, Retirement Plan Advisors



• Blessing

Dan Morgan, Region 5 Board Member, Union Parish

• Roll Call of Parishes

Venita Chauvin, OPAO Secretary-Treasurer, Terrebonne Parish

• Recognition of Guests/New Members

Cinnamon McKey, OPAP Vice-President, Ascension Parish

• Treasurer's Report

Venita Chauvin, OPAO Secretary-Treasurer, Terrebonne Parish

Guest Speaker, TBA

• Door Prizes

Melissa Figueron, Region 8 Board Member, Rapides Parish

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions -Concurrent

Council Secretaries/Clerks Roundtable Discussion

Cinnamon McKey, OPAO Vice-President Ascension Parish

Joy Irwin, LAA Director, Local Government Services, Fiscal Controls, Audits by the Legislative Auditor (Act 706)

A Night at the Rural Life Museum Services

3:30 p.m. Bus leaves for Rural Life Museum 4:00 p.m. First tour of Rural Life Museum 4:30 p.m. Bus leaves for Rural Life Museum 5:00 p.m. Second tour of Rural Live Museum 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 pm Hospitality Sponsored by


7:00 p.m. - 8:00 pm Dinner, Matherne's Catering

8:00 p.m. - 10:00 pm Music provided by DJ 10:00 p.m. - Bus leaves for Marriott

10:30 p.m. - Bus leaves for Marriott

Friday, July 31, 2015

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Breakout Session

Parochial Retirement Update

Dainna Tully

Administrative Director, PERS

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Breakout Session

Smart E-Mail Techniques for Today's E-Office

Yvonne L. Day, Writer / Editor Communications Consultant


General Session and Luncheon

• Pledge of Allegiance:

Darlene Keller, Region 2 Board Member, St. James Parish

• Blessing

Kristen Pecararo, Region 6 Board Member, Tangipahoa Parish

• Approval of 2014 General Session Minutes

Venita Chauvin, OPAO Secretary-Treasurer Terrebonne Parish

• Scholarships for 2015

Miche'al Holdsworth, Region 4 Board Member, Caddo Parish

• Service Awards

Cinnamon McKey, OPAO Vice-President, Ascension Parish

• Retirement Awards

Angele Rodrigue, OPAO President, St. James Parish

• Address by LPJA Executive Director

Roland Dartez

• Address by LPJA President

David Cox

• Door Prizes

Ryan Bourriaque, Region 7 Board Member, Cameron Parish

• Adjourn

Date:  Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - Friday, July 31, 2015
Time:  All day event.