Petitjean announces candidacy for Acadia Parish assessor
Rayne Mayor James J. "Jimbo" Petitjean is announcing his candidacy for Assessor of Acadia Parish. Petitjean possesses an array of leadership and management skills acquired during the last 28 years working in local government.
"To enhance the operations of the Acadia Parish Assessor’s office we will incorporate modern technology that will increase the level of transparency that is currently lacking. Quick access to all information is vital to the operation of this office, and we will strive to make this process much easier, more user friendly and always readily available to the public." Mayor Petitjean added, "Our mission will always be to assist parish residents including businesses in their need to understand the methodology involved with assessments. This will enhance their ability to track changes that may occur during the assessment process including those that might be beneficial to them."
"While state statutes outline the functions of the assessor’s office, they do not limit the ability of the office to assist other governmental entities in providing services to its citizens. Working for over two decades in local government has allowed me to build strong relationships and trust with other parish and municipal officials in Acadia Parish, and together we will utilize every available resource that exists in the assessor’s office in developing a progressive plan that will enhance their communities. Assembling a database of potential sites that can accommodate economic development within the parish is but one way that this can be done, all the while promoting our abundant Acadia Parish natural and human resources to current and potential businesses and developers. I have a proven record of success in accomplishing this over the past many years."
"Implementing a spirit of cooperation and an increased level of service are very important in performing the duties of the assessor’s office. Communication with governmental bodies that rely on accurate assessments for their operations is essential to the social and economic success of Acadia Parish. Armed with this information and an ever-increasing base of knowledge, our prospects for growth and financial stability in this parish are boundless."
Petitjean has been married for 27 years to the former Lyn Nugent and they have 4 children: Elise, Mariette Mahaffey who is married to John Michael Mahaffey, Pete and Ann. He and Lyn are also the proud grandparents of Audrey and Nicholas Mahaffey.
Petitjean concludes, "I am excited about the potential that exists right now for bringing about positive changes in the assessor’s office, and I embrace this new opportunity to serve all the citizens of our parish in the same way I have served the citizens of Rayne. I look forward to greeting and meeting with the residents of Acadia Parish in the coming months. The chance to discuss what is important with each one of them is not only a privilege, but will also allow us to jointly contribute to the future of our parish."