Blaine Matte seeking city marshal’s seat in VP
John “Blaine” Matte Sr. recently announced his candidacy for the office of Ville Platte City Marshal, Ward One. His announcement is as follows:
“I am a lifelong resident of Ville Platte. I am the oldest son of Gervais (deceased) and Ursula Bordelon Matte. I am divorced and have four sons, John Blaine “Chip” Jr., Jeremy, Dusty and Jordan and one stepdaughter, Ashley Johnson. I attended Ville Platte High School through my junior year and graduated from Evangeline Academy High School in 1970.
“In 1971, I was drafted into the United States Army, where my law enforcement career began. I graduated the United States Army Police Academy as a Military Policeman and was honorably discharged in 1973. Following my military service, I worked for various local businesses and part-time for Sheriff Ramson Vidrine in the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Department as a road deputy. I graduated the Louisiana State Police Academy in 1980. I was assigned to various regions as a road trooper in Troop C (Gray\Houma), Troop K (Opelousas) and Troop I (Lafayette) through 1996. Following my years on the road, I was detailed to headquarters in Baton Rouge and worked as an investigator in the Lafayette Field Office until my retirement in 2006.
“While employed with Louisiana State Police, I served in various elected positions with the Louisiana State Police Association, including president of the Louisiana State Police Association Troop I Affiliate from 1994 to 2003. Additionally, I have completed numerous law enforcement-related schools, was a member of the SWAT team, received many Ace Awards for recovered stolen vehicles, worked security for the World’s Fair in New Orleans, numerous Mardi Gras details in New Orleans, the legislative session at the capital in Baton Rouge and the recovery detail for hurricanes Katrina in New Orleans and Rita in South Louisiana.
“Over my 26 years of public service with the Louisiana State Police, I have had the privilege to work closely and develop good relationships with numerous judges, sheriffs and district attorneys in various jurisdictions throughout Louisiana.
“I am currently employed under the United States Marshal’s Service, contracted as an Aviation Security Officer with Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation Section.
“I am an active member of the Louisiana State Police Association and the Vietnam Veterans Association.
“I hope you feel with my unique experience, education and service, I am qualified to represent you for the position of city marshal and humbly ask for your support in the upcoming October 2008 election. I would be honored to have your consideration,
“Thank you,” Matte said.