Chris Hyde Appointed Parish Treasurer

Christopher Hyde was last night appointed Parish Treasurer on an 11-1 vote by the Lincoln Parish Police Jury. The single no vote was from District One’s Theresa Wyatt.

For the first time in memory, all twelve jurors teleconferenced for the meeting, and had their conversation broadcast over the internet via the jury’s Facebook page. Several jury staffers were at the jury offices, along with the treasurer candidates being interviewed.

The vote came after a 55 minute executive session where the jurors discussed among themselves the applicant’s qualifications. Parish Administrator Courtney Hall suggested that due to the awkward meeting circumstances the jurors needed to “arrive at a consensus” on their pick in the executive session before voting in public.

Hyde, a LA Tech accounting graduate, listed as his governmental experience over 5 1/2 years with the City of West Monroe, and also 3 years of governmental auditing experience.

Hyde now operates an accounting/tax firm in Ruston.

In his interview, Emmett Gibbs cited his 43 years of governmental accounting and auditing experience. Asked what he thought was his greatest accomplishment, he said when he was able to get the City of Ruston’s yearly audit to a point where there were no findings.

Nettie Russell, who had previously applied for the job, said she wanted to work closer to home. She is presently employed as a school principal in another school district. She cited her experience at the LA Tech controller’s office and at the Jackson Parish School Board.

In other business, the jury unanimously approved a $200 thousand bid from Quik Trip stores for a 1/4 acre parcel of land carved out of the Lincoln Parish Library and Events Center parking lot. That was the only bid, and was higher than the $185 thousand appraisal.

Treasurer Holly Lowry sounded a note of caution about two jury funds – Solid Waste and Detention Center – that are primarily funded by sales taxes. With most of the areas restaurant and hotel business on hold, those funds will see much reduced revenue, she said.

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