Keith Conley served as a city prosecutor in Kenner. During his term, Keith drafted legislation to crack down on adult bookstores. He wrote ordinances to speed justice against drug offenders and, in doing so, he kept Kenner police patrolling our streets. Keith wrote the laws to increase penalties against the elderly. A student of criminal justice, Keith Conley was a no-nonsense prosecutor who helped develop a model domestic violence program that is protecting thousands
from abuse and violence.
There have been many illustrious Chiefs of Police in Kenner, all who protected Jefferson’s largest city with a firm command. But you would be hard-pressed to find a candidate for Chief of Police anytime in recent memory who comes to the campaign as accomplished in government and policing as Keith Conley. His resume unfurls impressively: Prosecutor. Magistrate. Clerk of Court. City Manager. City Attorney. Legal Advisor. Kenner Councilman-At-Large. Jefferson Parish Interim Councilman-At-Large. Parish Chief Operating Officer. And, his personal passion … serving as a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Deputy and Sergeant for 21 years. This is the story of Kenner’s next Chief of Police.
In Kenner, Keith Conley led three city departments: Clerk of Court, Code Enforcement and City Attorney. As Clerk of Court, he modernized the office, putting detailed information online and saving the city tens of thousands of dollars. As city attorney, he was a trusted advisor to the mayor and council, and his keen knowledge of the city charter allowed him to stop frivolous political notions from ever taking root. He literally saved Kenner millions of dollars by bringing his non-partisan, unbiased
legal opinions to the forefront.
As Chief Operating Officer in Jefferson Parish, Keith Conley oversaw $650 million and over $2.2 billion in parish assets. He led 54 departments and over 3,500 employees. As he managed day-to-day operations of the parish government, he focused equally on building the parish’s economic development. Under Keith, Avondale Shipyard reopened and is fast becoming
an economic engine for Jefferson.
Few people know more about the inner-workings of government than Keith Conley.
In 2014, Keith was elected Councilman-At-Large in Kenner. During his term, Keith helped the city move forward on one of its most ambitious projects. The $37 million infrastructure and beautification plan updated and developed some of Kenner’s major corridors to give the city more appeal and better access. Conley helped rid the city of blighted housing and fought successfully to properly fund police and fire. The Jefferson Parish Council expressed their confidence in Keith Conley in 2019, when they unanimously named him Interim Division A Councilman-At-Large. As an interim parish council member, Keith was much more than a seat warmer. He immediately went to work. He helped the parish reinvest almost $400 million tax funds for infrastructure improvements for roads and public bridges. He immersed himself in ensuring job creation by creating the Avondale Industrial Marine Overlay District.
Ask Keith Conley what job has satisfied him the most and from the long list of personal work achievements he will tell you that his most treasured days were as a lawman. Under Sheriff Harry Lee, Keith Conley rose to prominence in the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. He was a pivotal player in special investigations and in the narcotics divisions, Conley rid our streets of dangerous drugs and protected children from dealers who would prey on weakness. As a Sergeant, he was respected for his dedication to the skills in policing and his traits as a leader especially in crisis. To hone his professional abilities, Conley volunteered his time as a Gretna Police Reserve Officer. His work with Gretna PD allowed him to remain current with crime, fighting trends and techniques. Now Keith Conley is running for Chief of Police in the city that he so carefully guided and protected as both an administrator and an elected official. He has all of the qualities necessary to be one of Kenner’s best police chiefs among a litany of great ones.
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