Longtime Red River Parish Assessor Becky Craig is retiring at the end of the year and a reception in her honor is planned for Tuesday, December 15, 2020 from 11:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Assessor’s Office in the Red River Parish Courthouse. This will be a “come and go” affair and light refreshments will be served. All guests will be required to enter through the front door of the Courthouse and complete the security protocol.
Becky started her career in the Assessor’s Office in 1982 as a part-time worker and became a full-time employee in 1984. In 1992, she was named Chief Deputy Assessor. She was elected Assessor with her first term beginning in 1996 and at her retirement, she will have served six consecutive terms as Assessor, with a total of 38 years of service. Throughout this time, Becky completed hundreds of hours of training related to the Assessor’s Office and worked in every area of responsibility in the office.
When Becky ran for Assessor for the first time, she wrote in her announcement in the Coushatta Citizen the following: “Today, I am announcing my candidacy for assessor. I feel that with my background, education, and experience, I am uniquely qualified to be assessor of Red River Parish. Because of my knowledge of the operation of the office and my love for this parish, I assure you that I will be a dedicated assessor, one who is impartial, honest, and fair. I will always treat everyone exactly as I would want to be treated.” As Becky completes her time in office, she can certainly be proud that she has fulfilled these promises during her terms.
If you can, please come by and wish Becky a “Happy Retirement” and thank her for all her years of service to the citizens of Red River Parish.
Becky Craig had some thoughts on Her Retirement. She said, “Retirement is right around the corner and truthfully I’m scared to death. How do you just stop doing something that you’ve done for 38 years? The courthouse is as much a home for me as my house. I’ve literally grown up there. Raised my kids there. I had the best bosses (Mr Lamar Hogsett and Ms True Price), who taught me, among other things, to love serving the public.
“I have the absolute best employees anyone could ever have. They are more than that, they are my friends. No they are actually family. And I have had the utmost trust and support from my parish!!
“I thank God each and every day for my job. For my employees and the citizens of Red River Parish. And for all of the people, past and present, who have touched my life because the Assessor’s Office. So I ask that you please say a little prayer for me and my family as I venture into this new way of life. It’s going to be different – but fun!”