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Thibodaux sworn in as Lafourche assessor

Thibodaux sworn in as Lafourche assessor

Wendy Thibodaux was sworn in Friday as Lafourche Parish’s new assessor. She has been leading the office for nearly a year since the previous assessor, Mike Martin, died suddenly in March.

For the first time in 30 years, a Martin will not be in the Lafourche Parish assessor’s seat. Mike Martin’s father, Leroy Martin, held the seat for 16 years until his retirement. The office was then claimed by Mike, who served as assessor for 14 years.

Thibodaux worked for Martin for 12 years and in 2006 was named his deputy assessor. She beat out two others in the November race to claim the seat as her own.

At her swearing in ceremony in Cut Off, Thibodaux spoke highly of Mike Martin and thanked his parents Dot and Leroy Martin, as well as her friends and family, for their support.

“Mike taught me to love Lafourche and to be the assessor that I’m going to be. Everyone was so proud to have Mike as the assessor and I will work tirelessly to make everyone just as proud of me,” she said.

Thibodaux will complete Martin’s term on Dec. 31. An election next fall will decide who will serve a new four-year term as assessor starting Jan. 1, 2016.

Wendy Thibodeaux is sworn in as Lafourche Parish Tax Assessor by former assessor Leroy Martin on Friday as Thibodeaux's son Ty, 9, daughter Hailey, 9, husband Jim and brother Ray Lauga look on at the Galliano Government Complex.