Jackson town marshal _lowres

Mark Dousay

Mark Dousay, 51, of Jackson, has announced his candidacy for town marshal of Jackson.

Dousay, a Democrat, worked the past 31 years for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals at Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System’s Forensic Division in Jackson, where he was a security training specialist instructor and security program coordinator. He recently retired as a corrections captain.

He has 21 years combined experience in law enforcement, including serving part time as Jackson’s deputy marshal, as a police officer for the Slaughter Police Department and part time as a deputy sheriff for both East and West Feliciana parishes, he said in a news release.

Dousay is the deputy constable for District 2 in East Feliciana Parish.

He is a volunteer firefighter and first responder for the Jackson Volunteer Fire Department, where he has served since 1983.

A lifelong resident of East Feliciana Parish, Dousay is a 1983 graduate of Jackson High School.

“With my experience, background and history in law enforcement, I feel I have the background that qualifies me to be your next town marshal,” Dousay said.

“I’m concerned for the welfare and future of our community and will work hard to make Jackson a safe place to live, work and raise our families.

“Our community deserves a lawman who will remain actively involved, willing to listen to the concerns of all residents, and one who demonstrates leadership and professionalism at all times.”

The election for town marshal is March 5.