Baton Rouge mayor adds new assistant CAO to oversee public works departments

Mayor Sharon Weston Broome has hired Kelvin J. Hill to fill the newly created Assistant Chief Administrative Officer position overseeing all six city-parish public works departments, beginning Feb. 4.

Hill, the former vice president of operations at Georgia Pacific in Port Hudson, will be charged with supervising the departments of building and grounds, development, environmental services, fleet management, maintenance, and transportation and drainage.

The new position was created as a result of the 2015 reorganization of the Department of Public Works, which not only split the department into the six divisions but also recommended an assistant CAO be hired to oversee them, says Broome’s spokeswoman Rachel Haney.

With the addition of Hill, the mayor will now have four assistant CAOs.

Hill is retiring from Georgia Pacific Friday. He notified the company in November of his retirement but agreed to stay on through Feb. 1. Haney says Hill was unaware at the time of the forthcoming plant closure, which would layoff 700 workers.

Hill has more than 20 years of experience in industrial sector operations and management, according to a news release issued by the mayor’s office today. He is also a member of the Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance’s Board of Directors and the Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s Executive Committee.

“The addition of Mr. Hill to my administration bolsters our ability to deliver high-quality services to the citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish,” Broome says in a statement. “He brings a wealth of experience to our public works departments, which are the backbone of city-parish government.”

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