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Police Jury sect.-treas. now has 4-year term

Governor signs Act 175 into law effective Aug. 1

From now on, secretary-treasurers of the Acadia Parish Police Jury will serve the same terms of office as the police jurors who appoint them.
Gov. John Bel Edwards signed SB 18, introduced by Senator Bob Hensgens, into law on Tuesday, changing the term of office for the secretary-treasurer from two years to four years, effective Aug. 1.
Now known as Act 175, the new law mandates that the secretary-treasurer’s term “shall be concurrent with the term of the members of the parish governing authority (police jury).”
The law affects the Acadia Parish secretary-treasurer only.
Current state law states that police juries shall elect a parish treasurer for a term of two years. However, since Acadia Parish has combined the offices of secretary and treasurer, that law was applied to the local office-holder.
Act 175 further states that, “if a vacancy occurs other than by an expiration of the term, it shall be filled by appointment by the (police jury) for the unexpired term.”
That clause was added when a secretary-treasurer resigned after only one year in office. Jurors at the time were told that any appointment to fill the post would be for a term of two years from the date of appointment — per state law.
A “designated secretary-treasurer” was appointed until the resignee’s term expired.
The current secretary-treasurer, A.J. “Fatty” Broussard, was appointed in 2018 for a two-year term. The appointee in January will serve for four years, the same as the police jurors to be elected at the end of this year.

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