The key role of the Office of Finance & Management is to provide for the development and oversight of programs and procedures for overall financial management, financial reporting, accounting, budgeting and budget management, purchasing, and property/inventory management and compliance.
The Department provides financial support and reporting services for all departments in Consolidated Government as well as for the citizens of Lafayette. This experienced team of financial professionals is directly responsible for financial management, including system design, development and maintenance, development, revision, and implementation of financial policies, and assistance to the Mayor-President and Council by interpreting financial data and trends. Additionally, they are responsible for recommendations on funding solutions, internal control design and compliance, debt management, the multi-year Capital Financing Plan, cost analyses and recommendations, rate analyses and recommendations, and bond rating and other financial presentations.
Lorrie R. Toups
Lorrie began her career in government finance in 1993 in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana where she served as the Chief Financial Officer from 2001 through 2008. After 15 years with St. Charles Parish, she moved to Jefferson Parish where she was appointed as the Accounting Director.
Lorrie graduated Cum Laude from Nicholls State University in 1991 where she was a member of the international honor society Beta Gamma Sigma. She passed the CPA exam in 1992 and from 2004-2007 she earned Chancellor’s Certificates from the University of Missouri, St. Louis in Public Administration for Finance Executives and Government Finance Officers. In 2008, she earned the designation of Certified Government Finance Officer from the Louisiana Government Finance Officers Association. In 2012, she received the Chartered Global Management Accountant designation from the American Institute of CPA’s and was named one of the "Women Who Mean Business" by ABiz, a division of the Lafayette-based publication company The Independent.
Lorrie is a past President of Louisiana Government Finance Officers Association and served six years on its board of directors. She chaired the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants (New Orleans Chapter) non-profit and governmental committee from 2001-2008 and was appointed to the New Orleans Chapter board in 2007 where she served through 2011. In 2012, she was appointed to the LCPA’s statewide Government Accounting & Auditing Committee of the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants.
She also served on the Industrial Development Board for St. Charles Parish for 10 years and is a past member of Archbishop Chapelle High School Board.
Jeffrey Stewart, who most recently served as the Engineering & Power Supply Manager for LUS and has worked for the Utilities System for more than 17 years, has assumed the role effective immediately. Jeff steps in to the Interim Director position after previous Director Terry Huval retired on July 18, 2018.
Jeffrey joined LUS in 2001 and as a registered professional engineer, has served in a variety of roles within the Utilities System. In his role as Engineering & Power Supply Manager, he supervised the day-to-day engineering activities of civil engineering, utility marketing, substation engineering, network operations, environmental compliance related to power generation, and power supply. Stewart gained considerable experience in administration of personnel, project management, budgeting, and customer relationships.
Stewart holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University. He and his wife, Raynee, have one daughter, Dylan.
Antonio Conner – Customer & Support Services Manager
Mr. Conner has over 16 years of experience in the business administration and accounting fields. His previous experience encompasses various private entities, and for over the past 12 years has worked for the Utilities System in a financial reporting capacity.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Mr. Conner is responsible for various support and customer service functions within the Utilities Department including financial monitoring and planning, rates, revenue assurance, employee development, meter services, utility conservation, customer service, business support services, and administration support services.