Southwest Region Manager,
Executive Vice President
Jerry is an Executive Vice President who serves on Neel-Schaffer’s Board of Directors and is the Manager for Neel-Schaffer’s Southwest Region, which includes offices in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Mandeville, New Orleans, and Shreveport, LA, and Houston, TX.
Jerry joined Neel-Schaffer in 1999 and has nearly 40 years of experience in and with governments and the governmental process, dealing with issues such as transportation, roadways, drainage design, utilities, environmental, land-use, and finance.
Based in Lafayette (LA), he has provided assistance to a number of local governments and private sector clients in solid waste planning, permitting and project implementation. Jerry served as a member of the Lafayette City-Parish Council (1996-2004), and served as Chairman in 2003. He also served as a member and chairman of the Lafayette Public Utility Authority. He has served on various governmental committees related to infrastructure, transportation, environmental, economic development, finance and land use.
Jerry formerly served as the Director of Public Works for the City of Lafayette. In this capacity he was responsible for the direction, supervision and control of over 300 personnel in the divisional areas of Traffic Engineering; Capital Improvements and Development; Streets, Drainage and Facility Maintenance; Public Transit; Environmental Quality; and Administration. In addition to his management skills, he is thoroughly familiar with the development of ordinances, zoning, and subdivision regulations.
As Director of Public Works, Jerry was instrumental in the planning and implementation of a $72 million capital improvement bond issue program for transportation, drainage, recreation, and building improvements.
In addition, Jerry personally directed the design and implementation of the first major municipal curbside recycling program in Louisiana. Under his direction, the program would later include a separate yard waste collection and composting program.
Jerry is thoroughly knowledgeable and experienced in the governmental planning, permitting, and public participatory process.
Jerry currently serves on the Board of Directors of the I-49 International Coalition, an organization of business leaders and transportation officials and leaders that strives to make the construction of I-49 a reality through public awareness, advocacy, education, policy, and seizing the opportunity for federal and state funding. When finished, I-49 will stretch some 1,700 miles through the heart of America, from Winnipeg, Canada, to New Orleans.