LIVINGSTON PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) — Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks announced he would not be seeking reelection next year at a Thursday, Dec. 8 council meeting.

Ricks, who was first elected to parish president in 2011, dispelled rumors at the council meeting about reelection.

“It has been an absolute pleasure working with you guys the last seven years and hopefully next year will be the same,” Ricks said. “We’ve gotten a lot done in this parish. This all started way back when I was told I had a three percent known factor and zero dollars and going up against an individual that couldn’t be beat and I would need $350,000.”

“We knew we had to work hard, we knew that at that time I said I hoped to have three terms. And the people of Livingston Parish have blessed us and honored us to have those three terms. So, being a man of my word I’m going home after this third term.”

He said he’s “not ready to be put out to pasture yet” and could possibly run for another position in the future but not anytime soon.

Ricks’ term ends in January 2024.