Acadia Assessor Russel Benoit honored at retirement gathering
A retirement and Christmas party was recently held to honor Assessor Russel Benoit who is retiring after 26 years of service as Acadia Parish Assessor.
The intimate gathering of close friends, family and the staff of the Acadia Parish Assessor’s Office was held at Chef Roy’s in Rayne and was hosted by Assessor-elect Mike Goss and his wife DeAnn.
Benoit was first elected in 1981 and was re-elected six consecutive times as assessor.
Prior to being elected as assessor, Benoit served on the Rayne City Council.
Benoit recalled the challenges he faced when he took over the job and the progress he was instrumental in overseeing, including
computerization of the office and implementing a state of the art mapping system.
Benoit, with his wife, Sue, by his side, stated “It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve the people of Acadia Parish. We were able to accomplish a lot in our time in office.”
He also stated that he will miss working with his staff but he plans to visit in his free time.
Sheriff Wayne Metancon thanked Benoit for his service and expressed his gratitude for the assistance and cooperation between the two offices.
Benoit was presented with a mantle clock engraved with his years of service and an apron in his campaign colors that featured the seal of the office. Russel Benoit will retire effective Dec. 31. Assessor-elect Mike Goss will take office on Jan. 1, 2011.