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CITY AWARDING FOUR EMERGENCY CONTRACTS TO SOLVE SOLID WASTE COLLECTION CRISIS

NEW ORLEANS — The City of New Orleans announced that it will award four contracts aimed at solving the solid waste collection crisis that is continuing to plague our neighborhoods. Emergency contracts will be awarded to Ceres Environmental Services, LLC; River Birch, LLC; Waste Management, Inc. and Witt O’Brien’s, LLC. The City is pursuing FEMA funding to subsidize the cost; the current estimates for all new emergency trash collection is in the range of $20M. 

 "These additional contracts will supplement curbside solid waste trash collection in both service areas and will include methodical coordination as they work in partnership with our current contractors that are stepping in to assist," said Mayor LaToya Cantrell. "Residents are still very frustrated and we recognize that action is the only thing that will give our people comfort as we shift gears to address our trash collection challenges. This is a daunting task, but we now have the resources needed to succeed." 

 “We have continued to bring all available resources to bear to rid our neighborhoods of trash,” said Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Infrastructure Ramsey Green. “Our first attempt at contracting out additional support received no responsive bidders for Service Area 2 despite a national call for help. So, we mobilized equipment and labor from multiple City departments and partner agencies in the interim to address this crisis little by little, and simultaneously continued to pursue other more expedient options. Now, we have assembled the right mix of people, equipment and a local transfer station to begin to make substantial progress toward solving this crisis in the next week. We are most grateful for the support of Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) Director General James Waskom and Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Dr. Chuck Brown for helping to broker this solution.” 

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September 23, 2021

MAYOR CANTRELL ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECTOR OF POLICY & GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS

NEW ORLEANS — Mayor Cantrell is announcing the appointment of Liana Elliott as Director of Policy & Government Operations, a new position reporting directly to the Mayor to ensure City practices, policies, and implementation are aligned with the Mayor’s expectations, vision, and values.

 “Liana has been consistently delivering on multiple strategic initiatives and innovative projects in her role as my Deputy Chief of Staff. Under her leadership as Director of Policy & Government Operations, she will be providing me with direct operational visibility on projects, initiatives, and operations across the City to provide the best services possible for our people," said Mayor LaToya Cantrell. "Liana has been at my side since the transition, and has been consistent and unwavering in her leadership and ability to deliver on my priorities for this administration, and I am confident this new role will only increase her ability to deliver.”   

 As Director of Policy & Operations, Elliott will work across departments and agencies to establish reporting and accountability, increase quality and effectiveness of public service delivery and operations, and connect with the community and users of City systems to incorporate feedback.

 “I have been honored to serve Mayor Cantrell and deliver on her promises and priorities for the people of New Orleans," said Liana Elliott, Director of Policy & Government Operations, Mayor's Office. "As Director of Policy & Government Operations, I will continue to proactively identify new opportunities and areas for improvement, and provide innovative, effective solutions to focus on delivering City services that are efficient, effective, accessible, and inclusive.”

 Elliott is currently serving as Deputy Chief of Staff, where she has delivered on a diverse portfolio of Mayoral priorities, programs, initiatives, and operational improvements including Fair Share, COVID Advisory Panel and Stimulus Command Task Force, homeless encampment cleanings, procurement reform, climate change, and briefly served as Interim CEO for NORDC at the request of the Mayor. Most recently, Elliott has been leading Project Why, an initiative designed to build trust with residents by viewing government services through a lens of trauma-informed public policy and communications; Project Why is currently a finalist in the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Mayors Challenge.

 The Mayor's Executive Counsel, Clifton Davis, will assume the duties of the Chief of Staff.

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