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|Jayne Bullock steps down in Sterlington|
For the second time, Jayne Bullock said goodbye to her seat on the Sterlington Board of Aldermen.
Tuesday's regular board meeting was Bullock's last as interim alderman, a position she has held since Mayor Vern Breland appointed her in June 2008 to fill Monty Lowery's unexpired term.
Following the Tuesday meeting, Breland commended Bullock for her service and her insights.
"She's going to be a missed asset on our town council," said Breland. "We needed somebody who had an understanding and her serving a four-year term, she already had an idea of everything still going on."
Bullock previously served an elected four-year term as alderman while her husband, Cliff, served as mayor.
Following his administration, Cliff Bullock ran for and was elected to a seat on the board of aldermen.
Jayne Bullock said sitting next to her husband at the meetings for the past eight months had created a number of interesting situations in the Bullock household.
Despite her pending absence, she's upbeat about the future, and said she'll have advice for the winner of the April 4 special election to fill the seat.
"I will have to instruct whoever wins and takes my place to kick him, to shut him up," Bullock said of her husband. "I'll probably be out in the audience, too."
The April 4 special election will see Les Harger and Caesar Valasquez square off to fill the remainder of Lowery's unexpired term.
Breland said he looked forward to working with the winner of that election and declined an opportunity to endorse either of the candidates.
"I'm remaining neutral on the race," Bullock said. "I know them both and they're both fine gentlemen."
In other business, the board of aldermen delayed action on several items because of the absence of two board members.
Aldermen Ron Hill and Ladd Williams were unable to attend the meeting because of prior commitments.
Among the items the board will address at its April 14 meeting is a federal law enforcement grant to finance the hiring of a new police officer. Police chief Barry Bonner told aldermen the grant would pay the first three years of salary and benefits for an entry-level officer.
However, several aldermen questioned what would happen in the fourth year of the grant if Sterlington does not have the money to pay the officer.
Bonner said that could create an uncomfortable situation for his department. While the grant pays for three years, the department must create the position for four.
"The grant basically specifies you have to retain that position the fourth year," Bonner said. "If we can't do that, we would have to retain him and let someone else go."
Bonner said the department had eliminated one of eight positions and said savings from the eliminated position could be used to offset the cost of the fourth year.