EDITOR’S NOTE: The following letter was sent to the Booster by outgoing County Judge Jacques Blanchette to address his constituents as he finishes his final term.
My fellow Tyler Countians,
December 31 will mark the end of an era for my serving as your chief elected official, executive officer, emergency management director, president member of county government and sitting judge over several courts. Also, being the face of our county on numerous regional, state and several national occasions. What an honor you have entrusted to me. Thank you!
We have weathered many challenges together. The past four years have been particularly difficult with the pandemic and its aftermath, having taken such a toll on so many. Your prayers and support were especially meaningful during such stressful days. Hopefully, you have felt the prayers of Leeza, Brent and me for you as well.
I have benefitted greatly with such a talented, dedicated and professional staff during these past 16 years. Without them, my efforts would have been futile. They are the ones who delivered the level of service necessary to fulfill your needs. I shall be forever grateful to each of them. Additionally, my family has made many personal sacrifices during this season of public service. I can never repay them for their devotion.
A new era of county leadership will begin in 2023. My predecessor, Judge Jerome Owens, and I, held the office of County Judge over the past 34 years. I know you will provide County Judge-Elect Milton Powers with the same support as he begins his time as our next Judge.
May peace be with us all as the days ahead unfold with new opportunities and challenges. Together, we can meet each one. May God bless you and keep you and make his face to shine upon you.
Sincerely, Jacques L. Blanchette
Tyler County Judge