French joins county-council ranks

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Educator to fill remainder of Cassidy’s term

By Vince Luecke

TELL CITY – A local educator with a family legacy of public service has become the newest face on the county council.
Jody French swore her oath of office Monday morning, accepting the District 4 seat vacated by Alan Cassidy.  French was chosen by Democrat precinct committee members during a caucus Saturday morning, party chairman Dale Groves said.
French is assistant principal at Perry Central High School and is the daughter of the late Don Etienne, who served 12 years as a county commissioner.


“I wish he could be here to see this,” French said after she was sworn in by County Clerk Jean Schulthise. “I can remember being about the age of 10 and asking people to vote for my dad.”
The 34-year-old said she looks forward to working with other council members, county commissioners, officeholders and the public.
“It’s something I definitely have an interest in and I want to do a good job of listening and learning,” she said.  
French will serve the balance of Cassidy’s term, which will expire in December 2014. If she chooses to run for a full term, she will do so during next year’s election.
French was accompanied to the courthouse by her husband, Jediah, her mother, Rebecca Etienne, and other family and friends.
As the News reported in its April 29 issue, Cassidy announced he was stepping down for personal reason. He served 18 years on the council.
The District 4 council seat includes all of the county outside of Troy Township. There are four district seats on the council and those holding office must reside in and are voted upon by voters in that district.
Other seats on the county council are at-large and those holding those seats can live anywhere in the county.