David Amrhein, 62, is a lifetime resident of Zachary. He was elected Mayor of Zachary in November 2010 and officially took office on Monday, January 10, 2011. He is presently serving his third term as Mayor of Zachary. Before becoming Mayor, David was part owner of a successful, locally owned family business, Amrhein and Sons Hardware, for over 30 years. He previously served as a Zachary City Council Member for eight years from 1999-2007 and led the Zachary City Council as Mayor Pro-tempore from 2003-2004. He has been a member of the Century Club, Zachary Chamber of Commerce, Zachary High School Hall of Fame Committee and Board Member and Treasurer of Zachary Youth Baseball, where he coached for numerous years. He was awarded the 2010 Zachary High Baseball Lifetime Achievement Award for "His many years of help and commitment to the Zachary Baseball Program and for his involvement and continued support." In 2014, David was the recipient of the Walter Zeller Fellowship Medal for his efforts in the Zachary community, awarded by the Kiwanis Club. Under his proven leadership, Zachary has been designated 2nd Best City to Raise a Family in Louisiana, Top 5 Best Towns for Young Families in Louisiana, Top 10 Best Towns for Families in the United States, Top 10 Safest Places to Live in Louisiana, 2018 Richest Town in Louisiana by USA Today, and has been awarded “Safest 70” Distinction from LWCC, in addition to the Zachary Youth Park being named a “Field of Excellence.” David is married to Robyn Boudreaux Amrhein, and they have two children, Blake and Dustin. Dustin and his wife, Laura Kate have two sons, Jackson and Emmitt Amrhein. Mayor Amrhein presently serves on the Firefighters Retirement System Board of Trustees and the East Baton Rouge Parish Communications District Board.
Secretary to Mayor
Chris Calbert serves as the Zachary’s Chief Administrative Officer. His public service career spans five decades. He began working at the Baton Rouge Police Department in August 1968. He served as a member of the City’s first Arson Task Force, later led its Rescue Squad, and established the Department’s Arson and Explosives Unit. He also assisted in the development of its Tactical Team, serving as an active member throughout his career. He co-authored the City’s “All-Hazard’s Emergency Plan” and retired as the Commander of the Department’s Uniform Patrol Division in 1996. A four-year administrative post with the Sheriff’s Office in Pointe Coupee Parish would also follow. During a career punctuated by specialized training, each new opportunity would prove beneficial to the successful career track he would take.
An early career opportunity involved training international police officers through the U.S. State Department’s “Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program”. Other opportunities would follow with Calbert becoming a consulting professional for the Department of Justice following the Oklahoma City Bombing, when he co-authored an LSU training initiative for law enforcement first responders titled, “Terrorism: Basic Concepts”.
Following the attacks of 9/11, he would co-author other sensitive training initiatives for both DOJ and later DHS at New Mexico Tech, in Socorro, N.M. He would become a DHS Senior Instructor assigned to the University’s “Energetic Materials, Research and Testing Center”. There, over the next eleven years he would instruct more than 5000 first response “trainers” from across the country.
During his tenure in New Mexico, he was also assigned to the International Law Enforcement Academy in Roswell, where he taught police administrator’s from around the world. The Academy; a U. S. State Department “Bureau of Diplomatic Security” initiative, taught protective measures of American assets and interests abroad.
Calbert worked on government projects for many years with the same Washington, DC based defense contractor whose corporate mantra was strictly business oriented. While it’s applicability within the public service arena did not fit; the knowledge he acquired as a consultant, technical writer, and special projects developer did. All those skills would be utilized in his role with the City of Zachary.