Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the following statement on the passing of Arcadia Mayor Eugene Smith.
 
“Mayor Smith was an exceptional leader who proudly served all of the people of Arcadia and the neighboring communities with compassion and a true concern for improving their lives,” said Gov. Edwards. "Donna and I send our condolences to Billie, his wife of 64 years. Together, they were a formidable team. Eugene not only served as mayor for 16 years, but he was also part of the executive board of the Louisiana Municipal Association. He worked hard every day to make Arcadia and other Louisiana communities economically viable, great places to live, work and raise families. Eugene was well respected and loved by many, and we will keep his family, friends and community in our prayers.”