West Feliciana Parish Public Works Director Jim Ferguson received a public safety commendation from Fire Chief James Wood on behalf of the WFP Fire Protection District No. 1 at a Dec. 5 awards ceremony.

Ferguson was the first administrative official recognized by the Fire Protection District for contributing to public safety, Wood said.

Ferguson received the commendation for his efforts from April to December.

“Jim Ferguson is recognized for his actions inclusive of stakeholders that have resulted in more open dialogue between planning officials, developers and public safety officials,” Wood said.

Wood said Ferguson has worked with emergency response agencies when the need for closing roads and bridges arose to ensure measures were in place for quick access during emergencies.

Ferguson also advocated and managed several improvements to parish roads including new signage, widening of Bains Road between campuses and prompt attention to road hazards and drainage issues, Wood said.

“He continues to work diligently to improve the West Feliciana Development Code by providing recommendations, revisions and amendments that are inclusive of public safety concerns,” Wood said.

Wood said Ferguson’s actions have a direct bearing on the ability and capability of the Fire Protection District to effectively carry out its mission each day.

“As public servants, the general welfare and safety of the citizens are what we strive to provide and maintaining a positive relationship with other parish departments, as well as having open communication channels allows a synergy that benefits the entire parish,” Ferguson said.

Past recipients of the commendation include Bert Barbers, police jury president, 2002; W.D. Spillman, assessor, 2002; Ralph Ladiner, director of communications, 2012; and Jerald Smith, Joseph Russel and Beau Welch, Sheriff’s Office deputies, 2013.