BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — After five years, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s right-hand man, Darryl Gissel is stepping down from his role as Chief Administrative Officer.

“He has decided it is time for him to resume full-time attention to his business endeavors. Yet he has also assured me that he is only a phone call away if needed,” said Broome.

“I’ve always considered this for the last five years to be a service more than a job,” said Gissel.

Major General Glenn Curtis is coming out of retirement to fill in Gissel’s shoes. The major is familiar with the state as he served in the US Army for 37 years. He says his leadership role with the national guard will play hand in hand with city-parish duties.

General Curtis says he plans to use his military background and uses business strategies to tackle city-parish duties.

“Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to work with several municipalities and parishes across the state after disasters and catastrophic events. Make sure you set priorities, that you keep objectives in front of you,” he said.

“Now we enter a new era with new challenges and I truly believe we are on the precipice of growth and promise. I am delighted and honored to bring General Glenn Curtis on board with our team. He has committed to me to sustain the integrity and service all my leaders offer. He likewise brings the ability to mobilize community efforts, hold folks accountable for his quality programs and services, and offers strong vision and management skills to this government – your government,” said Mayor Broome.

Curtis served under Governors Bobby Jindal and John Bel Edwards. Curtis led disaster responses across the southern U.S. coast and internationally. Now he will be responsible for overseeing operations and working hands-on, with the Metro council.

“You’ve got to put a strategy in place to understand a strategic plan in place, to understand where you’re going, how you’re going to get there,” said the General.

General Curtis will start his new role on Monday.