While there’s a lot of uncertainty heading into the November elections, for one of Bossier’s boomtowns, they already know who will be their new leader.
Long-time public servant Jack Hicks will be Haughton’s new mayor once the Nov. 8 election is past.
“I’ve seen the growth over the years and I want to do what I think is right to keep it going in the right direction. I don’t want it to see it fall it behind,” he said.
A resident of the town since 1978 and a member of the town council for almost as long, Hicks is running unopposed.
The former mayor pro tem said, jokingly, he’s not sure if it’s a testament to the person he is or if it’s the hard work the job will require.
“I would like to thank the people who could qualify for this job in letting me run unopposed. I’m not sure if that says something for me because they thought I could handle it, or if no one wanted the job,” he laughed.
With work continuing on a new middle school and the promise of commercial development in town — Hicks said he knows of letters of intent for a grocery store, bank, motel and retail development of several hundred homes — taking over the mayor’s office a time of rapid growth means Mr. Hicks’ priorities are simple: infrastructure.
“Water and sewer,” he said confidently. “There’s big growth we are having in Haughton. So that infrastructure for it is going to be very important.”
His goal-oriented nature and lessons from serving on the town council means he is eager to work with his alderman to help accomplish what needs to be done to help the town.
“They do a great job and cannot do it without (the council),” Mr. Hicks said. “Our council and mayor work good together (now) and want to work for the people. We can continue to do that.”
After a 40-year career in heavy equipment — 20 years as a mechanic and 20 years in management for BFI (now Republic Services), John Deere and Kubota — and marriage of 48 years to his wife, Judy, what does this father of two want his legacy to be when he leaves the office behind?
“I’d like for people to look at this town and say, ‘We have plenty of everything and we aren’t in debt.”