Lafourche Parish Councilman Corey Perrillioux says he will resign in about two weeks to take a job out of state.
Perrillioux, a Raceland independent elected in October to his second term representing District 6, informed the council about his plans during a meeting Tuesday night. District 6 covers the Raceland, Gheens and Mathews areas in central Lafourche.
Perrillioux said he and his family will move to Fort Collins, Colorado, where he has taken a job as facilities manager with the federal National Wildlife Research Center.
“I’ve had 19 and a half years in federal service, so it was a no brainer when the offer was made,” he said.
Perrillioux served 10 years of active duty in the Army and nearly two decades in various federal civilian roles. Currently, he is an environmental consultant for Forefront Emergency Management, a Texas-based company that handles oil-spill response and prevention and safety issues.
The parish’s Home Rule Charter requires the council, by majority vote, to appoint an interim member to fill the vacancy no later than 30 days after Perrillioux turns in his resignation letter.
Within 10 days of that time, the council must schedule a special election to fill the rest of Perrillioux’s term, which expires Dec. 31, 2023. That election must take place at the earliest date authorized by state law. The interim council member cannot run in that election to fill the seat.
In October, Perrillioux won re-election with 1,678 votes (61%) over independent Spence Cressionie, chief of the Vacherie-Gheens Volunteer Fire Company, who received 1,089 (39%). Voter turnout was 43.0%.