Jeff Hebert, Landrieu's second-in-command, leaving New Orleans City Hall for Water Institute

Tuesday, 05 December 2017, 06:49:27 AM. Jeff Hebert, New Orleans' Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Resilience Officer, is leaving Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration for a job with the Water Institute of the Gulf in mid-December.

Jeff Hebert, New Orleans' Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Resilience Officer, is leaving Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration for a job with the Water Institute of the Gulf in mid-December.

Hebert, who became Landrieu's second-in-command last year, will serve as the Water Institute's Vice President for Adaptation and Resilience, according to a news release. 

"Jeff has led so many of our initiatives to move the city forward towards what we always knew she could be and to prepare our city for our tricentennial," Landrieu said in a written statement. "As my CAO, Jeff has been critical in continuing our legacy of a smart and efficient government that delivers strong, fiscal stewardship."

Judy Reese Morse, Landrieu's deputy mayor for citywide initiatives, will take over as CAO as the mayor closes out his second term. 

Hebert has served in the administration since shortly after Landrieu took office, starting as the point person for developing and implementing the city's blight reduction strategy.

He then took the reins of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, refocusing what was then a troubled agency on putting 4,000 properties back into use during his four years as executive director.

While in that role, Hebert also became the city's first chief resilience officer, a position created as part of the Rockefeller Foundation's Global Resilience initiative. In that role, he oversaw the drafting of the city's so-called Resilience Strategy and led the team that put together the Gentilly Resilience District, a project that was awarded a $141 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Hebert retained his resilience role after being promoted to chief administrative officer last year when former COA Andy Kopplin left the administration to head up the Greater New Orleans Foundation. The chief administrative officer is responsible for much of the day-to-day operation of city government.

Morse, Hebert's replacement, currently oversees a number of the city's initiatives including, NOLA For Life. Having headed up Landrieu's transition into office in 2010, she is also in charge of the hand-over to Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell. 

"As the longest serving senior member in my administration, Judy is an experienced and respected leader widely-recognized for her high-level strategic thinking, planning and execution," Landrieu said. "She will ensure that the remaining priorities across all departments are met and that we finish strong on behalf of the people of New Orleans."

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