An open letter to the people of St. Martin Parish from Parish President Guy Cormier
Eighteen years ago, I embarked on a journey that would allow me to spend my time and energy working in a parish that I have come to love so dearly. I will never forget the day that I raised my right hand and took an oath of office to serve on the Parish Council, in a new Home Rule Chartered form of government that was changing over from a Police Jury. Little did I know that 4 years and 10 months later, I would raise that same right hand and take that same oath to be Parish President of this great parish.
Throughout my time in public office, I have come to love and appreciate the people that I serve on a daily basis. All of the communities that make up our parish are unique in their own way but they all share a common quality; a passion and love for the place they call home.
I have seen that passion time and time again as my administration has worked with parish councils throughout the years to provide important everyday services to the citizens we represent. That spirit of cooperation between the people and the government, throughout my time in office, has allowed us to do over $35 million of roadwork, renovate and restore a beautiful antebellum courthouse, build a new facility for our Clerk of Court, Assessor and Registrar of Voters, build a new facility for the Council on Aging, and build new and renovate our many recreational facilities. We are in phase 1 of a two-phase project that will provide more than $23 million in drainage improvements and over $5 million in additional recreation improvements.
To say that last 18 years have been extremely busy is probably an understatement. It has been an extreme honor to serve our citizens through those years. I am proud of the work that the council and my administration have done collectively to make St. Martin Parish Government more transparent, responsive and accountable to our constituents and businesses. Our financial condition has been rated by federal agencies as the strongest it’s ever been and because of that, we benefit by having a great bond credit rating. This hard work has made St. Martin parish an even better place to live, work and raise a family. Although there is still work to be done, it is time for me to pass the baton to someone else.
I am also extremely pleased to start a new chapter in my life, where I will be able continue my work on a statewide level, helping shape public policy that drives government to better serve Louisiana’s citizens. Having said that, I will remain involved in matters facing parish governments, as today I will be joining the staff of the Police Jury Association of Louisiana. There, I will lead legislative and governmental affairs as well as assisting the Executive Director in the daily operations.
I will forever be grateful to you, the people of St. Martin Parish, for allowing me to serve you throughout the last 18 years. Thank you for the encouraging words, emails and texts you sent me along my journey. Your unwavering support made it an enjoyable experience.
May God continue to bless you, your families and this beautiful parish we call St. Martin!