City Council 2009, L-R Bliss Bujard, Harold Douga, William B B Loyd,
Mayor Kenny Stinson, Kevin Merchant and newly elected Paul Patin
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KENNETH STINSON, MAYOR
It is always great to see progress and growth in our town.
It seems we are continuously busy and sometimes we loose sight of the more important things. We remain blessed and have so many wonderful things to be thankful for in our town.
As our community continues to move forward, we are especially
blessed with so many wonderful people like you. We are thankful for each one.
The City Council and city employees are ready to help you in Vinton.
Call my office when I can assist.
WILLIAM 'B B' LOYD, MAYOR PRO TEM
A graduate of Vinton High and McNeese State University, Airborne Express has employed me for the past 15 years where I currently serve as operation manager. My plan is to create a government that citizens can and will look up to. A government that will pass legislation that will create a better community for all citizens.
I'm committed to bringing economic development to improve our infrastructure, to beautify our community and to establish an activity center for our youth. This is my pledge and I am committed to work to do all possible to make this a reality.
B. B. Loyd
KEVIN MERCHANT, COUNCIL MEMBER
Thanks to all for your support in electing me to office. I want to be the voice of the citizens of our fine town. I am currently employed with Inspectorate America Corporation with responsibilities over the safety and shipping portions of the office. I also serve as Vice-president of the Vinton Lions Club and have been on the Vinton Fire Department for the past 23 years, where I currently hold the rank of Captain. I serve as Vice President and Treasurer of Gray Memorial Hospital Board.
My family and I attend Crossroads Baptist Church where I assist in leading the men's ministry and also helping with the youth group. I have been married to the former Michelle McClelland for 21 years and we have two great kids, Amber, 19, and Lindsey, 15. My family and I are very proud to call Vinton our home; and as citizens, we all have a lot to be proud of. My goal has always been to be there for all members of our community and to be fair and honest in all matters of City Government. Communication between the council and the citizens of our community is very important in making us a success. I will make sure that the people know what is happening at City Hall. I consider it a blessing from God to be able to serve the great people of this town and I look forward to many years of service to come. THANKS
HAROLD R. DOUGA, COUNCIL MEMBER
Thank you, Vinton Town Council, for appointing me to council membership. It is exciting to become a council member and to serve the people of Vinton. My wife and family have made Vinton our home since 1988. All of my adult life, I have held jobs that in one way or another service the public. I enjoy helping people whenever I have an opportunity.
My goals are to be always available to lend a helping hand to the Town Council and to the people of Vinton. And, to be honest and fair in every aspect of service to our town and its people. I am available to everyone at all times for expressing your needs or concerns. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY
The council appointed Harold Douga, to fill the vacated Karen Douglas council member position, on June 30, 2008. Douga will occupy the vacated council position until the next regular election for council members that is scheduled in April 2009.
Harold R. Douga
BLISS BUJARD, COUNCIL MEMBER
Thank you to the citizens of Vinton for electing me to your City Council. As a graduate of Vinton High School and McNeese State University, I realize the importance of having quality education available in our region. One of my goals is to bring a Youth Activity Center to Vinton where kids can get tutoring, gain computer skills and enjoy youth activities in a supervised, safe environment. I would also like to upgrade the "curb appeal" of Vinton, bring basic zoning into the city limits and work to bring smart growth to Vinton. I look forward to working with the Mayor and other Council members on these, and other issues facing our town. If you have any questions, concerns or ideas, please feel free to contact me and I will do my best to get your questions answered and your voice heard. Thank you for your support and God Bless.
PAUL PATIN, COUNCIL MEMBER
I was born in the Community of Cecilia, LA. I moved to Vinton in 1971 to start and train a Boxing Team. My wife and I built our home here and are still living at the current address where we raised our three children Pam, Troy and Guy. I coached little league baseball and football for several years. At that time I decided to run for council for the Town of Vinton and was elected and served from 1972-1980. In 1980 I ran for the office of School Board and was elected and served from 1980-1992.
I belong to the Knight of Columbus, St. Joseph Catholic Church and a member of the local V.F.W. In April was elected again to serve on the Council for the Town of Vinton. I ran because I felt that I could be a voice to the people. To help with the issues that face our Community I am a man of my word. I want to keep communication open with all departments. I thank the people for electing me. I am here to serve.
Vinton is our home. My wife Jeanette and I have raised our three children here. We have eleven grandchildren one great grandchild.
REV. BOB TATUM , CHAPLIN
I have lived in Vinton for fifteen years after retiring from the U. S. Navy as a Commander. I am a member of First Baptist Church where I teach a Sunday school class. I have been serving the City of Vinton as Chaplain for several years. I also serve as Chaplain of VFW Post 9954 and I am a life member of the American Legion Post 208.
Having retired from the Navy on December 31,1982, my last duty was serving five years as staff Chaplain for the Chief of Naval Air Training Command, where I Supervised 29 Chaplains located in five states.
With a AB degree from Baylor University, a BD and a Masters degree from New Orleans Seminary in Psychology and Counseling. I have adopted Vinton as my home and want to see that Vinton is the best City in Louisiana. I want to support the City of Vinton administration with truth and honesty and to always do what is best for our Community.
Rev. Bob Tatum was appointed by the council to temporarily replace Kennith Stinson, as Mr. Stinson was moved to the position of Intermin Mayor after David Riggins left office in
Rev. Bob Tatum
CADE R COLE, CITY ATTORNEY click here to contact
CADE R. COLE was born in Lake Charles, LA and grew up in DeQuincy, LA. He is a graduate of Tulane University (B. A.) and Tulane School of Law (J. D. and Civil Law Certificate). He graduated from law school with highest honors in Obligations II (Louisiana Contracts), Federal Taxation, and Energy and Public Utility law. During law school he spent summers as a Judicial Intern to Federal Judge Patricia H. Minaldi and worked in the Louisiana Attorney General's Office.
Mr. Cole was a Law Clerk to Justice Jeannette Theriot Knoll of the Louisiana Supreme Court before entering private practice in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He is admitted to the bar in Louisiana and Florida, and to the bar of the U. S. District Court for Western Louisiana and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
AREAS OF PRACTICE: Appellate Practice and Civil Litigation, Governmental Law, Federal Tax Litigation, Estate Planning and Probate, Special Needs Trusts, and Business Transactions
Mr. Cole is a leader in the field of redistricting, reapportionment and federal voting rights preclearance, and has represented the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, City of DeQuincy, City of Sulphur, and Calcasieu Parish School Board in these matters.
He serves as a Special Assistant District Attorney for the 38th Judicial District (Cameron Parish), and as Magistrate Judge of the DeQuincy City Court.
Cole has served as Vice-President of Calcasieu Parish Gravity Drainage District No. 6 for over ten years. He is also a former member of the Louisiana State Serve Commission, having been appointed by Governor Mike Foster. He and his wife, Rebekah, have one son.
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State Senator, John R. Smith
It's a great honor to represent District #30 in the senate. I have assumed a pivotal role in ethics reform and finance issues in the Louisiana State Senate as Vice-Chair of the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee and as a member of the Senate Finance Committee. He also serves on the Senate Natural Resources and Agriculture committees. After serving five terms in the House of Representatives, Senator Smith was chosen by the people of District 30, which includes all of Vernon and Beauregard parishes as well as the northern and western portions of Calcasieu Parish, to represent them in the Senate.
"I'm honored to have the opportunity as a first-term Senator to bring my expertise and experience to these important committee assignments," said Senator Smith. "I think it's of utmost importance that we bring stronger ethical standards and fiscal responsibility to state government."
As a Vice-Chair of the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee, he plans to tackle major ethics reform to provide citizens and the rest of the nation with the confidence that our state government operates fairly and honestly. This term, the committee will also play an important role in reapportionment, the realignment of election districts to reflect the state's changing population. As a member of the Finance Committee, Senator Smith will focus on maximizing the use of state funds in such areas as economic development, education, health care and infrastructure as well as reducing the state debt.
Senator Smith received his MBA from Loyola University and is a small business owner. He is a former Vernon Parish Police Juror. During his membership in the House, he served on the House Governmental Affairs and Appropriations committees, the counterparts to the Senate Governmental Affairs and Finance committees, as well as the House Natural Resource Committee. He and his wife Pamela have two children.
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State Representative, Mike Danahay
Louisiana State Representative, Mike Danahay, is serving on the House and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Ways and Means Committee, and the Municipal Parochial and Cultural Affairs Committee. Danahay stated that he was pleased with his appointments and is delighted to be serving us in the post to which he has been elected.
Rep. Danahay's new legislative office is located at 1803 Beglis Parkway, Sulphur, Louisiana 70663.
Mike can be reached at (337) 527-5581.
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