- Associated Press - Sunday, April 19, 2015

POINTE A LA HACHE, La. (AP) - Plaquemines Parish Assessor Robert R. “Bobby” Gravolet, one of the longest-serving politicians in the New Orleans metro area, says he will retire when his ninth term expires next year.

According to a Friday news release, by then, Gravolet will have served 36 years and worked with at least nine parish presidents. His term expires Dec. 31, 2016.

The New Orleans Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1yHzWyf ) Orleans Parish Assessor Erroll Williams said he believes Gravolet is the longest-tenured of the state’s 64 elected assessors.

For most of his tenure, Gravolet has served as chairman of the Louisiana Assessors’ Association oil and gas committee. Williams says getting the industry to pay its share was difficult and Gravolet fought with the Tax Commission to change some rulings that were too favorable to the business.

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Information from: The New Orleans Advocate, https://www.neworleansadvocate.com

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