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Outstanding Service – This was one of several awards presented to outgoing St. Martin Parish President Guy Cormier at his final council meeting on Feb. 20. From left are: Chris Tauzin, Dist. 5; Byron Fuselier, Dist. 1; Neil Thibodeaux, Dist. 4; Chester Cedars, interim president; Lisa Nelson, Dist. 2; Cormier; Jill Hebert, Dist. 6; Jason Willis, Dist. 3 and council chairman; Daniel Richard, Dist. 9; and Dean LeBlanc, Dist. 8. Albert “DaDa” Menard, Dist. 7, was absent.(Karl Jeter)

Parish officials laud Cormier

Respected St. Martin Parish President Guy Cormier attended his final council meeting as a parish official on Feb. 19.
Public officials and others who have worked closely with Cormier during his 18 years in parish government described him as a much-respected leader, mentor and friend. Current and past council members all expressed gratitude for his openness, availability and work ethic.
State Senator Fred Mills said Cormier has done what all public officials strive for, “To leave the place better than he found it. Most of the best work he did, people will never know about.”
Mills said Cormier “carried a real burden for the parish” through some hard times and found a way to make St. Martin Parish one of the most successful in the state. “God bless you. Enjoy your next endeavor. We love you,” he concluded.
State Representative Mike “Pete” Huval said Cormier earned the public’s trust. “Guy has never been a politician. He is a public servant.” That trust, Huval said, is the reason voters were willing to pass bond issues at times when very few governing bodies were able to get that done.
Past council members Carol “Coach” Delahoussaye and Dean Doré both said Cormier
had made their entry into public office much
less daunting. “I felt completely out of my element,” Delahoussaye said “Guy told not to worry, that everything would be fine. He put my mind at ease and did that with every new council member.”
Doré added that Cormier always put the parish above his own interests. “I can’t thank you enough for your sacrifices,” he said.
Current council members all commented about Cormier’s willingness to go above and beyond to help them in their districts.
Jason Willis of Dist. 3 said, “I still don’t know how you managed to do all you did. There was so much to stay on top of. The Police Jury Association is lucky to have you.”
“At least we know you will still be working
for us,” remarked Dist. 6 representative Jill Hebert. “You will be tremendous in your new job.” Dist. 5’s Chris Tauzin added that Cormier was, “a leader from day one. We could go on all night without telling half of all he has done.”
Dean LeBlanc, of Dist. 8, said, “I don’t think I ever heard you say the word ‘I’. A lot of what has been accomplished would probably have died on the vine without your leadership.”
Neil Thibodeaux, of Dist. 4, told Cormier, “I just want to thank you for all you have done.” And Lisa Nelson of Dist. 2 concluded “You are going to be missed.”

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