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|Young quits jury post; Campbell named president|
The Franklin Parish Police Jury will look a little different in the coming year as a long-time juror steps down and a new president takes seat.
Ray Young gave the jury an emotional farewell Thursday morning during a special meeting in which Ricky Campbell was elected to replace Harvey Guimbellot as president.
"I wanted to say to this body and the citizens of Franklin Parish, that Franklin Parish is a good place to live and bring up a family. I am eternally grateful to its people for making it so," Young read from a prepared statement as he choked back emotion.
Young was vague to the reasons he has decided to step down from the seat he has held and declined pay for since 1993, saying only that he has been offered a position involving agriculture that allows him to continue working in the best interest of Franklin Parish and Louisiana.
The jury voted to appoint James Harris to fill young's seat, District 3 in Wisner.
"I've always respected Mr. Young and I have some big shoes to fill," said Harris, "He was a great public servant and it's an honor to serve in his place now that he's stepped down."
Others expressed similar admiration for Young and his time spent serving the parish after the meeting adjourned.
"Mr. Ray and I, I guess, are closer than anyone on the board and I'm going to miss him," said Campbell. "I offered the motion to accept his resignation. It's something I didn't want to do."
Young was a good man to serve with who always stood up for the farmer, said Juror Jackie Johnson, even if the two didn't always see things eye to eye.
"It was challenging over the years and we have had many, many debates. He has shared his opinions and I have shared my opinions and we did not always end in agreement."
Campbell, who served as jury president for four consecutive one-year terms from 1999 to 2003, said he didn't expect much to change in the jury operations when he takes the helm.
"I feel like the jury has been doing a good job with what we have been doing," he said.
K.W. "Buddy" Parks was elected to replace Johnson as vice president and Leroy Scott was reelected as chaplain at the meeting.
Other business included the renaming of three parish polling places: Fort Necessity High School to Fort Necessity Junior High School, Winnsboro Junior High School to Horace G. White Learning Center and Ward 3 High School to Ward 3 Community Center.