Bell replaces William Daniel who had served in the number two role under Kip Holden and stayed on board in an interim basis after Broome took office.
“After an extensive search, I am fully confident in my decision,” Broome said in a statement. “Mr. Bell has an impressive, documented record of public service on federal, state, and local levels, including administration in a number of U.S. cities. I am absolutely assured that he will successfully lead the daily operations of our city and parish."
Bell most recently served as acting city manager/deputy city manager of Walla Walla, Washington before being fired in November of last year in what one report called a "surprise".