Two challenging for Monterey-area race

Published 12:34 am Thursday, October 18, 2007

VIDALIA — Two men are vying for the position of police jury member for District 5, Place B, and roads and drainage top both their to-do lists.

Tim Charrier

Acme resident Tim Charrier, 39, said he aimed to be the voice for all people.

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“I’m going to listen to what people have to say and try to vote and express the views of Ward 5B,” Charrier said.

A graduate of Monterrey High School, Charrier works as a service manager for Ferriday Farm Equipment in Jonesville.

“I’m going to bring my years of managerial experience of the office and try to benefit the community and parish as a whole,” he said. “I deal with payroll and budgets. I work my employees. I’ve had experience dealing with the public and already do a lot of business with the people I will be serving.”

Charrier, who is married and has two children, said he will try to bring new ideas and a new approach to the office.

“The incumbents’ been in there 12 years, and I’d just like to bring a fresh look to it.”

Charrier said he hoped to improve the roads in the parish beyond what is already being done.

“We have a problem with potholes on some of our gravel roads, and we have cracking on our asphalt roads,” he said. “Some of the existing asphalt roads have not had attention for several years.”

Tommy “Red” Tiffee

Police jury incumbent Tommy “Red” Tiffee said he hoped to continue working on parish roads and drainage.

The parish road project is nearing completion, he said. But it takes more than just projects to make a jury work, he said.

“As a jury, we all work closely together,” Tiffee said. “We worked hard to get the roads finished.”

As a grain and cattle farmer, Tiffee said he had the perfect job to serve as police juror.

“I’m on 24-hour call as a police juror,” Tiffee said. “It’s a job I can have and serve the people, too. If they need me, I can get off a tractor and come in.”

Tiffee is finishing his third term in office. He lives in Monterey and has a wife and three children.

Along with creating a place for 4H participants to showcase their work, roads and drainage are aspects Tiffee said he wants to improve in the parish.

“We’ve done so much improvement in the last 12 years,” he said. “And in a few years, we’ll have everything the way we want it.”