An Exercise in Futility

During his 30-year career with the energy giant Cleco, Jeff Hall was in the middle of the company’s acquisition of a nonprofit, publicly-owned electric cooperative in Jeanerette and a long-term management agreement for control over the public utility in Opelousas as well. Now, a year after the former Cleco VP was elected Alexandria mayor, Hall wants to hire a crisis communications consultant to help study privatizing the city’s 126-year-old nonprofit municipal utility system.