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|Mulkey resignation plans predate storms|
The news that the go-to guy in Franklin Parish in times of emergencies had resigned caught many people by surprise.
But not Bill Mulkey, the part-time director of the Franklin Parish Office of Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness.
"It wasn't the storms that made me resign," Mulkey said in an interview Monday. "It had been in the plans all along."
It was a series of circumstances all coming together at about the same time which put the 70-year-old Mulkey and his position with the Franklin Parish Police Jury in the news.
"First, this was always a part time position" Mulkey explained, "and I never wanted a full time job.
"Just before the storm, the state came up with the funding to make this a full time job and I had submitted my letter of resignation on August 26. The jury didn't have a meeting scheduled until September," he explained.
Mulkey served as City Clerk for Winnsboro for 22 years before retiring. He took a two-year break, and "found lots to do", as a retiree. He accepted the part time emergency preparedness position four years ago.
Mulkey's resignation is effective the end of this month and the police jury has meetings scheduled this week with the goal of announcing a new full-time director by midweek.
Former Winnsboro Police Chief Mitch Reynolds is considered a leading candidate for the state-paid position, although the police jury is the hiring body. The position is not civil service.
A Franklin Parish native, originally from Wisner, Mulkey said his tenure in the office had seen four hurricanes and two floods.
"The flood in 2006 displaced a lot of people, mostly in the northern part of the parish but this one is in the entire parish," Mulkey said.
The police jury estimates between 800-900 parish residents have experienced residential flooding.
"This is so widespread, it's doubly important that everyone who can get registered with the FEMA disaster assistance program," Mulkey suggested.