Tom Carroll has served for over 10 years as Lafayette public works director, and Monday, he has announced that he is stepping down.

Carroll has worked 22 years with Lafayette city government. He says he plans to take a sabbatical and spend time with family, as well as volunteer work or part-time work after retiring, which will be effective on May 30.

In this article from our news partners at KATC, Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel points out that whoever he appoints to the soon-to-be-open position will not have that long until a new city-parish president is elected.

Whoever says 'yes' to the job will say 'yes' knowing that I won't be city-parish president in two years.

"What makes this different from when I came into office is that the new director will know that all they can bank on is less than two years before they have to deal with a new city-parish president," Durel said.

"Whoever says 'yes' to the job will say 'yes' knowing that I won't be city-parish president in two years. It's unique in that the new director isn't guaranteed anything after that because he's (an) at-will (employee)."