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Apr 16, 2015

Source: | The Times-Picayune

Janet Howard, president of watchdog BGR, stepping down

By Richard Rainey | The Times-Picayune

April 16, 2015

Janet Howard, who spent 14 years overseeing a team of investigators as it called inefficient public agencies to the carpet through well-researched position papers, is stepping down as president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit Bureau of Governmental Research.

“It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a long time,” Howard said Thursday (April 16).

BGR has formed a search committee and Howard has agreed to remain at the helm until her replacement can be hired.

“Janet has touched and improved the lives of New Orleanians many times,” BGR board chairman Mark Mayer said in a prepared statement.

Howard joined BGR in 2001 and has kept a watchful eye on New Orleans’ byzantine warren of government departments and public agencies, myriad elections and politicians’ public policy decisions. In recent years, she led BGR as it took on the Sewerage & Water Board’s plan to implement major rate hikes for sewer and water service and state officials as they considered what to do with the city’s massive judicial branch.

Apr 16, 2015

Source: | The Times-Picayune

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