Bossier Parish Registrar of Voters Janet Burks announced last week that she will officially retire from her office on May 31, bringing to an end a 45-year career in the registrar’s office which began in 1971.
Burks broke the news to members of the Bossier Parish Police Jury at the public body’s regular meeting, saying she wasn’t leaving office because she was unhappy.
“I’m in good health…I want to spend some time with my elderly mother, I want to take some trips with my husband,” she said. “It has truly been a pleasure to serve the great parish of Bossier and the state of Louisiana.”
Burks was named parish registrar in 1997 and continued a string of never missing an election during her time at the office.
“I don’t believe I’ve missed one election since I started in 1971,” she told jury members. “The office never could have been as good if I had not had a good staff. They are phenomenal and I will miss them. The courthouse has been like my second home.”
Police Jury members praised Burks for her years of service and her dedication to the job.
“Thank you for all the years…you’ve earned the time off,” said Wanda Bennett, president of the jury.
Member Jerome Darby told Burks dealing with her and her staff “…has always been a pleasure. You have acted with integrity and treated people fairly. We are going to miss you.”
Burks said she was giving notice of her retirement in advance to allow ample time to search for her replacement. The registrar of voters is an appointed position that will be filled by the Bossier Parish police jury.
A search for Burks’ replacement will begin immediately, according to parish administrator Bill Altimus. Individuals interested in applying may send a resume to Lisa Larkin, director of human resources, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 965-3711.