Jim Pearce won’t run for Re-election in Ruston’s Ward 4

Twenty-four year veteran Ruston Board of Aldermen member Jim Pearce won’t be seeking re-election this year, he said at last night’s meeting of the board.

Pearce represents Ward 4, which is mostly north of I-20 and west of US 167.

In a prepared statement, Pearce said, “Thank you to the citizens of Ward 4 who have given me the opportunity to be your representative for these past twenty-four years.  So many have offered  words of encouragement and written notes, which I will always cherish.”

He noted that he had served with former Mayor Dan Hollingsworth for 16 years, and with current Mayor Ronny Walker for eight.

See here the complete statement.

Qualifying dates for the Tuesday, November 8 election are July 20-22, 2022.

In city business the council approved a $2.67 million bid for the construction of an animal shelter off South Farmerville near where the old airport terminal was located. Additionally, $1 million was bid for a kennel way.

City Building Official Bill Sanderson said the construction is expected to take 250 days. Said Sanderson, “We hope that maybe by Christmas we’re in there.”

The successful bidder was Chart Construction of Brossard, LA.

Another resolution approved by the council was to contract with Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc. for consulting services to complete a compensation study for city employees.

Walker said the city has had problems with staff retention, and that pay and benefits needed to be reviewed.

5 Responses to “Jim Pearce won’t run for Re-election in Ruston’s Ward 4”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Are we going to ignore the fact that apparently the city doesn’t follow accepted government protocol by giving jobs to their “friends” without official RFP’s? I guess not. We’ll just add that to the list of corrupt activities we are forced to accept.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Explain what you are referring to. Wasn’t the animal shelter bid out?

    • Anonymous Says:

      The City and Parish are not required to bid out services I.e. design/architectural work but are required to bid out construction work which is in excess of a certain dollar amount. So are you upset that somebody other than Mike Walpole got a contract to do some architectural work?

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I don’t care about Mike Walpole. Nice guys? Sure. What I do care about is the penchant for City and Parish government officials to give certain jobs to ‘friends’. Doesn’t matter if it’s required. But considering all the controversy in that area in the last couple of years–especially for the police jury–I would think ALL government entities would take heed to the fact that people are watching them. They should be sure to avoid any situation that involves a conflict of interest. I.e. hiring your friends under dubious circumstances.

    • Anonymous Says:

      So give us some specifics. Who is friends with who that acquired business from the city?

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