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The Investigators: Director of EBR Environmental Services resigns

Karen Khonsari (Source: WAFB) Karen Khonsari (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The director of Environmental Services in East Baton Rouge Parish has quit, according to a city-parish official.

The 9News Investigators learned that Karen Khonsari has resigned to help with the recovery efforts after the historic August floods. 

Khonsari became the new director in June 2015 and had a key role in the parish's massive debris cleanup. Her job as director was to oversee the parish's sewerage and sanitation program. 

Khonsari released the following statement about her resignation: 

"Since I joined the City  nearly two years ago, I have been blessed to work with a tremendous team of professionals, and take what was at the time a brand new organization in the Department of Environmental Services and has today become responsible for some of the City-Parish’s most visible and critical services. This has been one of the most rewarding journeys of my career, and after this experience I can unequivocally say there is no better calling than to fulfill a calling to public service. I’m proud of all we have been able to accomplish, including leading the response efforts for one of the largest clean-up efforts in the history of the U.S. following the devastating flooding we recently experienced here in Baton Rouge.

During this same period of time, I have felt connectivity to this community unlike any I’ve ever experienced. While I have spent my days and nights working to manage the flood debris removal effort in my capacity as Director of Environmental Services, I have also spent a great deal of time volunteering with both my family and fellow Baton Rouge residents as we all work to rebuild following this disaster. While my time in public service has been rewarding, the time I have spent working in a community service capacity these past several months – with my family, my neighbors, across various shelters, our greater Baton Rouge community – has caused me to think and pray deeply about the most impactful way I can help our community rebuild and rebound stronger than ever. In particular, I’ve been inspired by the work of my family as they have worked tirelessly to serve this community, some of which I’ve been unable to take part in due to the important and visible nature of my position with the City-Parish.

At this point, I feel as though I cannot ignore what I know to be my calling right now, and that is to leave my position and dedicate the entirety of my time for the immediate short-term in working alongside my family to help our community recover. This is a recovery process that we now know will take years to accomplish, and I know that my time will be best spent more fully dedicated to achieving that in a community service capacity.

I know that I leave with a tremendous team in place. I look forward to continuing to work and support our recovery efforts – in a slightly different way – as we rebuild this place we all call home."

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