TO THE CITIZENS OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH:
Over the past 6 years I have had the honor and privilege of serving as your Parish President. The opportunity to serve you during the early years of our new Home Rule Charter form of government is one I sincerely cherish. Together, we have made a great start in our effort to bring about real improvements in our beloved Parish.
Your Parish government under the Home Rule Charter has accomplished so much in such a short period of time. Working together with our partners in the public and private sectors, we have advanced the state of local government far beyond its previous condition. Our hard-working and dedicated employees and many of you have contributed to this effort.
The purpose of this press release is to let you know that I will not be a candidate for reelection as your President in the election this fall. This decision was not taken lightly and, even though much has been accomplished, there are still goals that we need to pursue. The new beginning that we have made has positioned the Parish for even greater progress in the future if we will only stay the course.
The decision to not be a candidate for reelection is based upon a number of personal factors that would not allow me to devote the time and energy the Parish deserves in its President. Make no mistake about it, my heart is still very much wrapped in a desire to serve the public. Unfortunately, one must listen to one’s head as much as one’s heart. My head tells me that it is time for me to hand the reigns of leadership to someone else.
To my many friends and associates who have encouraged me to serve another term, I want you to know how much I appreciate your confidence in me and hope that you will respect this decision. You may be assured that I will continue to work hard on your behalf until my last day in office. Afterward, I will continue to be active in our community and to be supportive of those programs and activities that will improve our Parish.
Thank you, for allowing me to serve you. May God bless all of you and our Parish.
NATCHITOCHES PARISH PRESIDENT
PRESS RELEASE: MARCH 26, 2019