Dovie Neal Beard has announced that she will be a candidate for Red River Parish Assessor in the October 12, 2019 primary election. Long-time Assessor, Becky Craig, is retiring at the end of the current term and Beard is seeking to fill the post.
Beard has been employed in the Assessor’s Office for over 22 years, during which she has been directly involved in almost every aspect of the operation of the office.
She is a Certified Louisiana Deputy Assessor, having successfully completed 365 hours of training courses with the International Association of Assessing Officers. Prior to her employment with the Assessor’s Office, Beard completed an associate degree in Office Management.
Beard,who is a lifelong resident of Red River Parish, is married to Shawn Beard and has four children and eight grandchildren. She is the daughter of the late Ellis and Inez Giddings. She is an active member of Martin Baptist Church.
In issuing her announcement, Beard stated “With Becky’s retirement, I feel the citizens of Red River Parish have an opportunity to elect a person who will continue the high level of service they are used to receiving from the Assessor’s Office. Because of the continued updates and improvements over the past years, the Assessor’s Office is as modern and up-to-date as any in the State of Louisiana. As your assessor, I will continue to make improvements to keep it in this condition.
“As a proud native of Red River Parish, I have a strong desire to serve you, the citizens of our parish. My years of experience and my knowledge of all aspects of the operations of the office, combined with my love of this parish, make me uniquely qualified to serve as your Assessor.
My duties have included property transfers, preparation of ownership plats, appraisals, verification and drafting of legal descriptions, compiling millage rates, tax roll abstracts, and assisting in the submission of the annual tax roll to the Louisiana Tax Commission.
“During the past 22-plus years, I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting and helping people through the Assessor’s Office. I have been helping you with your homestead exemption, property descriptions, and other matters and have always tried to treat every person respectfully and fairly, the way I would want to be treated, myself. This will be the way I will continue to conduct myself as yourAssessor.
“My promise to you is that I will do my very best to operate a fair and efficient office. I pledge to you, the Citizens of Red River Parish, that I will always maintain an open-door policy. I will be out to meet as many people as possible in the upcoming months. If I miss you, since I am still working, I am asking for your vote, your support, and your prayers. It would be an honor to be yourAssessor.”