Mayor's Message

A Message from Mayor Rick Allen

Welcome to the City of Leesville, the best hometown in the world. Leesville is a historic yet visionary community. As the parish seat of Vernon Parish, where Fort Polk and the Joint Readiness Training Center are located, we are the home for many military families and retired veterans.

The civilians of Leesville and greater Vernon Parish, like their military neighbors, are strong, patriotic and hardworking, counting it a privilege to work alongside those who sacrifice so much to keep this great Nation of ours free.

In the 1940s the Army recognized that the land here in Vernon Parish and at Peason Ridge provided an unparalleled opportunity for quickly and efficiently equipping and training our forces.

And so, at the government’s request, our Heritage Families gave up their homesteads and their way of life so that the Army could meet its mission.

Seventy-five years after these Heritage Families left their homes, we see it not just a privilege but a duty to continue to train soldiers on these lands.

But more than a home to Fort Polk and the Joint Readiness Training Center, Leesville is a place where you can explore, live and invest, start a family or a new life. We are a vibrant, visionary and versatile community, with much to offer not only to our current residents, but potential residents and companies who’d like to move or relocate their businesses here.

Leesville strives to offer all the amenities of a large community, but with a smile, handshake and strong sense of community. Leesville also offers some of the finest outdoor recreational opportunities, top-notch educational facilities, excellent medical facilities and plenty of options for shopping and dining.

Whether you’re a virtual visitor or an actual visitor, we hope you take the time to explore what we have to offer, and that you find, as we have, that the opportunities here are limited only by your imagination.