Jennifer Vidrine is currently serving in her second term as Mayor of the City of Ville Platte. As Mayor, she has saved taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars by adding accountability measures to the city’s purchase order system. With the funds saved, the city was able to issue significant raises for both firefighters and police. Partnering with United Way, Ms. Vidrine started an annual income tax preparation service so that Ville Platte citizens could get their taxes prepared for free. She also opened a utility payment drive-thru window to provide citizens with more convenience when paying their utility bills.
Under Ms. Vidrine’s leadership, Ville Platte purchased five police units, two of which had state-of-the-art radio systems. She has made it a mission to increase efforts to rid the city of abandoned and overgrown property; has cracked down on utility thefts and delinquent bills; and has added phase 2 of the city’s ongoing water renovation project. She purchased new computers to increase efficiency at city hall; gave away 10,000 daffodil bulbs to beautify the city; completed the Ready City Challenge for Economic Development (one of only eight cities to do so); and incorporated the city’s message alert system to keep citizens involved and informed.
Prior to her position as Mayor, Ms. Vidrine served as Assistant Executive Director of the Evangeline Community Action Agency, Inc. In this position she was responsible for developing, implementing and administering all of the agency’s federal, state and local programs. As Assistant Executive Director, she was responsible for operating and managing all social service programs and a budget in excess of $3.5 million.
Ms. Vidrine is a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, National League of Cities, Louisiana Municipal Association (Executive Board Member and Vice President At-Large), Louisiana Municipal Gas Association (Board Member), Louisiana Municipal Risk Management Agency (Board of Trustees), Louisiana Municipal Advisory and Technical Services, Louisiana Community Development Authority (Board Member), Louisiana Municipal Association Black Caucus (1st Vice President), and the Louisiana Association of Community Partnerships, Inc.
Ms. Vidrine also serves as a commissioner of the Louisiana Housing Corporation Housing and Transportation Planning and Coordinating Commission. She is President of the Evangeline Parish Library System, a Community Liaison for Ville Platte High School, and Founder/Coordinator for the Medication Assistance Program. She is involved with Friends of the Library, the United Way, and the Ville Platte Quarterback Club. She is a former board member of the Ville Platte Municipal Fire and Police Service Board, Performing Arts Society of Acadiana, and the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra Women’s League.