Election of new mayor anticipated Nov. 6, 2012

By: Paul Kedinger

Mayor Jim Petitjean answered a question that has been on the minds of many regarding plans to hold an election to replace him when he takes the oath as Acadia Parish’s new assessor on Jan. 1, 2013.

Before adjourning Monday night’s City Council meeting, Petitjean announced he has been in contact with the Secretary of State regarding the timing of his resignation as Rayne’s mayor and an election to fill his unexpired term. Though he said, “Nothing is set in stone,” Petitjean indicated he would most likely submit his resignation as mayor on July 8, 2012, to become effective on Jan 1, 2013 when he repeats his oath as Acadia Parish assessor.

The mayoral election would be held in conjunction with the presidential election on Nov. 6, 2012.

While noting he is looking forward to serving as assessor, Petitjean said he was “looking forward to serving next year as mayor.”

The mayor also revealed City Clerk Bobby Hebert’s retirement will coincide with his own resignation.

The process of hiring a replacement for the 33-year veteran city clerk, according to Mayor Petitjean, should occur at the end of next summer, in order to allow time for Hebert to prepare whomever will be his replacement.

Following Petitjean’s remarks, Councilman Gerald Foreman noted he and Petitjean began serving the city 17 years ago. Over the years, Foreman said, “I’ve seen him save millions, and I know he will help the whole parish like he did for Rayne” when he becomes assessor.

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