Ron Roberts  
Mayor's Office
Title: Mayor
Phone: 337-462-8900
Mayor Ron Roberts


During World War II, the Beauregard Parish Fair was cancelled. In 1946 it was resurrected. Arsene Stuart (our mayor) and my father (Sam Roberts, Jr.) wrote a song entitled "Come to the Beauregard Parish Fair." They climbed on the back of a truck and sang their song up and down every dirt road in Beauregard Parish. It must have been a decent performance: The fair is still with us.

I am a 5th generation native of Beauregard Parish. My great grandfather, J. S Roberts, served on DeRidder's 1st city council. My grandfather, Sam T. Roberts Sr., practiced medicine in DeRidder for 51 years. My parents, Sam and Loraine Roberts, practiced optometry in DeRidder for 42 years. My great, great grandfather, Joab Roberts, came to this area from South Carolina. I really don't know much about him, but I am aware that many people who came here from South Carolina were run out of that state for one misdemeanor or another. Genealogy can be a humbling thing, but I suspect we can say that, in one way or another, the Roberts family has been serving DeRidder as long as there have been people here.

Work History
I have taught in 3 universities. In addition, I have served as a college coach, athletic director, development director, and public relations director. In 1979 I returned to DeRidder and opened the 1st Edward Jones office here. From 1992 until my retirement in 1997, I was the Director of Corporate Relations at Amerisafe.

State Affiliations
  • 1988-The Governor's Transition Team for Education
  • 1988-92-Board of Trustees for Louisiana Colleges and Universities
  • 1988-92-Board of Trustees of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
  • 1992-The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry's Council on Education
  • Past Member of Development Board Louisiana College
  • Past Member of Alumni Board Baylor University

Education
  • 1962 DeRidder High School-Diploma
  • 1965 Baylor University-B.A.
  • 1970 Baylor University-Ph.D.
  • Additional graduate work at Tulane University and the University of Texas

Professional Certifications
  • Securities License-Series 6
  • Securities License-Series 7
  • Insurance License-Life
  • Insurance License-Property and Casualty
  • Real Estate License-Broker
  • American Arbitration Association-Certified Arbitrator

Local Affiliations
  • Past member and president of the Beauregard Parish Library Board
  • Past member and president of the Beauregard Parish Tourist Commission
  • Committee to Save First Street School
  • Committee to Save USO
  • Committee to Save Gothic Jail
  • FEMA's Louisiana Recovery Team
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • First United Methodist Church

Something I Believe
Mayor Ron and Mrs. Martha Lou Roberts Fair Parade, 2007 A good story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. The history of DeRidder is a story. Some historian, 50 years from now, will realize that in the year 2005 DeRidder was just about in the middle of its story. Did the citizens and leaders of DeRidder choose the path to prosperity, or did they just "wait to see what would happen next?" Surprises are a fun part of the entertainment world. In real life it might be better to have a plan-so that our story can have a happy ending! 

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