Women’s prison is on police jury’s to-do list

By Paige Nash

The Webster Parish Police Jury accepted nominations and elected new officers at Tuesday’s monthly meeting. Jim Bonsall was re-elected to serve as President of the jury for another year.  

“I am humbled to be elected by my peers. We have a very good jury to work with. They do their job, which makes mine easier,” said Bonsall. “As far as this next year goes, there’s a couple things continuing from last year and are a priority for the new year. We are working on building a new women’s prison. We are trying to get it off the ground. The other thing that has been on my mind for a long time is broadband for rural residents. I hope this is the year that falls into place.” 

Juror for District #11 Steve Ramsey was elected as Vice-President, a title previously held by Mayor Nick Cox who resigned from the jury effective January 1.  

Ramsey said, “I consider it an honor to be able to serve not only the people in my district, but all of Webster Parish. I have known Jim since high school. He is a good friend and good leader. I know if he calls on me, I will be there to lend some help. I really appreciate the support from the jury in this position. We have a good and hard-working jury.” 

District #12 Juror Ed Jordan, who previously announced his resignation at last month’s meeting, was in attendance for his last session. Jordan has taken a job in Washington Parish serving as a pastor. His resignation will be effective January 6.  

“During the last three years as the District #12 Police Juror I worked for what I believed served my district and the parish for the best. I learned much about how the government runs firsthand and did my best to make changes for the betterment of the parish and District #12,” said Jordan. “There were some things I wanted to get accomplished while in office that didn’t happen but there were things accomplished that I am proud to have been a part of.” 

President Jim Bonsall stated they would be holding a special meeting next week in hopes of filling the openings left by Cox and Jordan’s departure.  

He said, “We lost a couple of jurors this week. I am hoping their replacements will fall right in and continue the good work.” 


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