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Applications for Bossier Parish constable being accepted


Applications are now being accepted for the position of constable in Bossier Parish District 1, according to Parish Administrator Bill Altimus.

A view of District 1 is available by visiting the website www.bossierparishla.gov/Government/PoliceJury/GIS/Maps/View-Maps.aspx and scrolling to the center section to click on Justice of the Peace and Constable Districts.

Applications will be accepted through the end of business (4:30 p.m.) Oct. 3 at the parish courthouse. Parish Police Jury members will appoint a constable to fill the position at their Oct. 5 meeting, scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. in the jury meeting room of the courthouse in Benton.

Any applicant who wishes to do so will have the opportunity at the meeting to address the police jury for up to five minutes prior to the vote for appointment.

Qualified applicants should submit their resumes to the police jury office at 204 Burt Blvd. in Benton or mail resumes to the parish police jury, P.O. Box 70, Benton, LA, 71106. Resumes may also be submitted by email to rhauser@bossierparishla.gov.

To qualify for the position of constable, the applicant shall be of good moral character, able to read and write the English language, possess a high school diploma or its equivalent and shall be an elector and resident of District 1.

Beginning in 2008, a person shall not have attained the age of 70 by the date of qualification for office. A constable who attains 70 years of age while service a term shall be allowed to complete the term.

The individual selected as constable by the police jury will serve until March 25, 2017, the first available election date. If a runoff is necessary for the position, that election will be held April 29, 2017.

Constables are elected to serve six year terms and their duty is to carry out the orders of the Justice of the Peace court including serving citations ordered by the justice of the peace court and acting as the enforcement officer of evictions and garnishments ordered by the JP court.

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