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Police Department Reserve Officer
St. Mary and Franklin Banner-Tribune
Our former mayor Sam Jones' familiar green and white placards are popping up all over, city Councilman Kenny Scelfo has been happily planting his own red and white signs across the district.
Kenny P. Scelfo
Kenny Scelfo is a dedicated husband and proud father, who has served his community in many ways over the past eighteen years. Through the years he has earned a reputation of being a strong, honest, forthright, and just voice in government who is not swayed by political pressure. Kenny's strength of character comes from a strongly held belief in God and that every person should have an equal voice in government. Kenny has worked in the oil and gas industry in Louisiana since his graduation from Franklin Senior High School. Over those twenty six years he has been a mechanic, control technician, and is currently an operations technician who also handles environmental matters. He truly understands the business that is responsible for employing a large number of Louisianans. Kenny also has a long history of public service. Having served as a Franklin city councilman for fourteen years. During his tenure as a city councilman, he has served eight years as the chairman of the utilities committee, four years as the chairman of the public works committee, four years as the chairman of the public safety committee, and two years as the mayor protempore. Kenny has also been a Franklin Police Department reserve officer for eighteen years. He is also a second lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol. All of this experience can be put to great use at the state level when it comes to getting things done that matter to the people. It also gives him a firm grasp of what the issues are in these areas and the ways that they can be improved. Kenny is not only experienced, but also has training in many areas. He is certified in waste water treatment and collection, a licensed pilot, has a Commercial Driver's License, is certified to handle refrigerant, and is also a licensed electrician. He has also taken several different courses in public safety presented by the LSU Law Enforcement Academy. This demonstrates his drive to learn about and understand many subject areas and the fact that he is not a person of narrow interest or knowledge. This deeply engrained quality will benefit the residents of Louisiana by giving them a representative who will go out and study the facts on issues he is asked to vote upon and not simply vote blindly along party lines or be swayed by special interests when unsure of what is being presented. Kenny is also a loving father, who has worked hard and made many sacrifices to raise children who would grow up to be caring human beings and become productive members of society. He and his wife Jennifer have instilled the values of faith, honesty, and integrity into their children. The same values that he has taught his children are present in all of his actions, even in those that relate to discharging the duties of his office. As a result, you can rest assured that he will work hard to eliminate waste, dishonesty, and corruption at the state level and push to make this state better for everyone.
City Councilman Kenny P. Scelfo also approves of the renovation project if money can be found to pay for it.
"This is going to be a big project, and needs some grant money," Scelfo said. "Years ago we had talked about tearing it down and making more parking available when we had shortage in parking space, but that was way back when, and hasn't been talked about in quite some time." He said the plans he reviewed looked nice, but it all comes down to the question of money and whether it will be available for the building's renovation. "I wouldn't be in favor of putting that project on top of others," he said, "but if we find the money I'm for it."
Kenny P. Scelfo
Kenny P. Scelfo, Sr. Hello, my name is Kenny Scelfo, and I am currently serving as Mayor Pro tempore and City Councilman at large of Franklin, LA.
Mayoral candidates in the March 27 election are incumbent Raymond Harris and longtime City Councilman Kenny Scelfo.
Scelfo said he would "push for the best police department ever. Public safety is one of the things you have to have, if you want people to stay here. I will sit down with everyone in that department and listen to their suggestions." He said his work as a reserve police officer gives him "a pretty good feel for what will work in our community and what will not." Scelfo said he would look at the possibility of developing a detective division in the police department, as well as a juvenile division. "These people will have specialized training to solve the worst of our crimes," Scelfo said. "The best training, the best equipment available. While they are taking care of that, other police officers will have their training so they can interact with the community and have the best training to work with everyone fairly and equally." He said the pay scale must be upgraded to keep good officers. Scelfo said good drinking water is critical to the city. "Water pressure and water tower levels need to be kept at a safe level in case of fires," Scelfo said. "We need to keep trained personnel at our water plant…we all need to have training with the electrical equipment, generators and switches and they need to be maintained weekly." Stopping storm surges must be done on the "front lines, not in the neighborhoods where it was first started," he said. "We now have a levee board that is moving in the right direction with floodgates and is building up our levees. Money that was received from the state to the city is now in the right place." He pledged cleaning out of catch basins and ditches year-round, not "in the middle of a storm, when it's too late…our storm water pumps in Pecan Acres need to be maintained. Automatic transfer switches need to be installed in the event of a power loss. We need to send personnel out there to keep the suction of these pumps clean at all times." Scelfo said installation of a rainwater pump off Willow Street needs to be done soon as well. Large portable pumps should be in place until that pump is installed permanently, he said. Jobs are desperately needed, he said. "As mayor I will be active in this area," he said. Scelfo said using historic landmarks and marketing them will bring tourism and tax revenues. He said local developers should be encouraged to develop new housing to accommodate new residents, and clean, well-maintained recreation centers, and programs tailored to the needs of everyone, with suitable hours. "We as a city will work with you, not against you," he said. "When people have jobs they feel better about themselves, they can get the things they need and want for their family. That's what we desperately need here." Scelfo said the city should keep in touch with businesses working or locating in the area and training people for their needs. "We need to keep our city working forward," he said.