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.
Having an entire career in the electric utility business, Terry Huval has served as Director of Lafayette Utilities System (LUS) since 1994. Prior to his role at LUS, Huval worked for 16 years with Gulf States Utilities/Entergy after graduating from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette. He is a registered professional engineer (electrical engineering) in the states of Louisiana and Texas.
A municipally-owned utility, LUS provides electric, water, and wastewater services to more than 67,000 customers. Under Huval's leadership, LUS has been at the forefront of innovation and change in the utilities industry, including the addition of 200 MW of natural gas generation, investing over $120 million in major sewer upgrades to return the aging system to full regulatory compliance, and tripling water production levels in order to meet the demands of the growing Lafayette customer base. The electric system consistently provides the most reliable delivery of electric power in the state, at some of the lowest rates, while the water and sewer systems are held up as models for other communities.
In 1998, Huval was instrumental in convincing city leaders to build a fiber ring around the city, making Lafayette one of the first cities in the nation to offer high-speed broadband technology to schools, local government and businesses. The Lafayette community was so impressed with LUS’s telecommunications service quality that the voters supported the establishment of LUS Fiber, a provider of retail Internet, Cable TV and Phone services in the City of Lafayette, establishing Lafayette as a world leader in bringing high-speed broadband to its citizens and businesses.
A French-speaking native of the Lafayette area, Huval has been active in the community, as well as in the public power industry. He served as Board Chair of the American Public Power Association (APPA), having been the only Louisianan to serve in that role in the over 75-year existence of the Association. He was also appointed by 3 Louisiana governors to serve on various boards, including the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board and the Louisiana Broadband Advisory Council. He has served as Chair of the United Way of Acadiana and on the board of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. Huval is also a Cajun fiddler, singer, and recording engineer/producer, and has been inducted into the Cajun Music Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Hall of Master Folk Artists, along with other awards.
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.