In a letter to the Cajundome Board of Commissioners, Director Greg Davis states that his retirement comes at a turbulent time. Davis says the Cajundome is facing it’s greatest financial challenge in his 33 years of working there.
“We are very confident that we will work our way through this situation and get back to where we were. We will be doing eight to twelve concerts a year which is what we averaged over the past 10 to 15 years,” Davis says.
Davis says his departure is part of the downsizing along with other positions effective October 31. “Some are going to be retiring next year. It’s not as hard on them as others. Others have many years to go. It’s a combination of both but tough in any regards,” Davis adds.
How is it that the Cajundome’s financial status is in dire straits? Davis says the national outlook on the local economy has made it hard to book live entertainment. Plus there’s the Cajundome’s deficit.
Davis says the deficit exceeds the $376,000 subsidy provided by the Lafayette Consolidated Government. “LCG has had to cut their budget because they are having difficulties. A matter of fact, we got another cut for the upcoming fiscal year,” Davis notes.
Davis says tough times require tough decisions. “That means several positions. Eight of us in total will expire effective October 31,” Davis says.
Cajundome Assistant Director Pam DeVille will be the replacement as per Davis’ recommendation.