JEANERETTE — Mayor Aprill Foulcard presided over her last Jeanerette Board of Aldermen meeting Monday night, and bid farewell to her constituents and the board members.
Foulcard will be replaced by Mayor-elect Carol Bourgeois Jr., who won the April mayoral election and will be taking office after a swearing in ceremony on June 28 at Jeanerette High School.
Board members Tia Simmons, Kenneth Kern and Charles Williams also will not be returning for the term.
At Monday’s meeting, Foulcard said she wanted to congratulate and thank the three departing board of aldermen members who also will be replaced once the new term begins.
“I just want to thank you all for a job well done with your public service to our community and love you have expressed throughout this term” Foulcard said. “This is our last meeting, I just wanted to say congratulations and a job well done.
“Persons can sit back and complain, but until you sit in our seats it’s a different vibe,” she added.
Foulcard also wished “the best of luck” to the incoming board.
“I pray you are able to work with one another and move forward,” Foulcard said.
Bourgeois interrupted the speech to give gifts and departing words to the councilmen and mayor as well.
In other business, the meeting got emotional for some members of the audience at the meeting when Jeanerette Volunteer Fire Chief Sherry Landry took to the podium to promote a member of the department.
Tyus Gage, who Landry called her right-hand man, was promoted to lieutenant during the meeting with his family present.
“Tyus is my right-hand man,” Landry said. “I look and he’s there. He’s run the most calls in the department, he goes to the most training. He’s dedicated.”
Fighting back tears, Gage said he was thankful to Landry, the members of the department and his family for the distinction.
“I want to thank everybody, we will continue to protect life and property by the thousands and do the best we can,” Gage said.
Foulcard also congratulated Gage on the promotion.
“I still call you a kid but I do admire your dedication, you’re young, some other people find other things to get involved in but you want to save lives and protect the community,” Foulcard said.