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Posted on March 31, 2017 at 9:13 AM by Katie Stamy
During his second year of studying pre-law at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Community Development Director Derhyl Hebert had a realization. He didn’t want to be a lawyer. He wanted to be an urban planner.
After just one Urban Planning class, Hebert was hooked. Before graduating from college in 1982, he began working part-time with the Lafayette Regional Planning Commission as Staff Planner and was later hired full-time after graduation.
Soon he was introduced to city government and began working for the City of Morgan City, LA.
Hebert made a move to Texas with his wife, Paula in March of 2006, but it was not until 2008 that he joined the City of Webster family.
“I would always pass by (Webster City Hall) and say ‘That would be a great place to work,’” he recalled.
Just as he was beginning to get comfortable in his new position, Hurricane Ike hit, causing chaos in and around Webster. Hebert found a silver lining in the midst of chaos, as he was able to get to know the emergency responders and directors at the City quickly as they worked for the residents’ protection.
The group took shelter and served the City from the Webster Police Department for four days as the storm passed.
Since then, Hebert has kept busy overseeing the many pieces that make up the entire community development puzzle. Twelve employees work within the department in the Building Division, Recreation Division, Geographic Information System (GIS) Section, and the Planning Section.
His department is also in charge of several resident programs and special events. The Recreation Division plans the Easter egg hunt, summer camp, senior events and more.
On a daily basis, Hebert along with staff, consult with architects, builders, citizens, developers, engineers, and surveyors on proposed residential and commercial projects within the City.
When he isn’t working, he and his wife spend their time traveling around the U.S. visiting their family, children, and grandchildren, and spending time outdoors. Hebert enjoys fishing, golfing, and hunting.
The Webster Community Development Department has many roles and responsibilities within the City, and with Derhyl Hebert leading the way, the City has a bright future.