Jefferson Parish President John Young sworn in

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captureJefferson Parish has a new president. John Young officially took office today in Gretna.

Before friends, family and a packed council chamber, John Young became Jefferson Parish’s 10th elected leader. Young says he’s got a tough job ahead of him explaining, “Our first priority will be to work together and together we will work to restore the confidence and trust in the parish government.”

That trust was tested when former president Aaron Broussard quit amidst a federal investigation into allegations of improprieties in his administration. Young says the investigation is on-going, but he won’t keep anything from the people. “I pledge to, and pledge to my colleagues on the council that we will continue to cooperate with the federal authorities in the investigation and we will work towards resolving the issues that remain” Young says.

And Broussard’s replacement, Steve Theriot says it was a challenging nine months filling in, but now he’s ready to hand over the reigns to young. “It took a unified effort to deal with the many revelations and unexpected events that we were confronted with throughout my tenure as parish president” Theriot says.

Young says he’ll work 24/7 to move the parish forward…he wants to re-vamp Fat City, bring more jobs to the Avondale shipyard and find money in the 2011 budget to create an inspector general’s office. Now, he’s got the next 14 months to do it.

John Young will only be in office for 14 months, because he’s filling Aaron Broussard’s vacated second term. Young will have to run for re-election if he wants to serve for another term.