The other ‘I do’: Elected officials take oath of office

Louisiana Senator Louie Bernard, Dist. 31, with wife Gayle, of Natchitoches was sworn into office by Judge William J. Crain in Baton Rouge Monday, Jan. 13. Bernard photo

By Juanice Gray,

The parish officially has a new president and council members. John Richmond took the oath of office at an inauguration ceremony Monday, Jan. 13 at the President’s Room in NSU’s student union.

Emcee and retired educator Ben Barron

Retired educator Ben Barron emceed the event before a sizeable crowd. In addition to Richmond, councilmen Jim Kilcoyne, Dist. 3, and Chris Paige, Dist. 1, were sworn in by Clerk of Court David Stamey. Patsy Ward-Hoover, Dist. 2, Marty Cheatwood, Dist. 4, and John Salter, Dist. 5, were sworn in previously.

Councilmen Jim Kilcoyne, Dist. 3, left, and Chris Paige, Dist. 1, were sworn in by Clerk of Court David Stamey.

Outgoing Parish President Rick Nowlin gave a farewell message acknowledging those who supported his administration, the progress made and the projects underway that will be completed in the next year, including the security project at the courthouse.

Outgoing Parish President Rick Nowlin bid an emotional farewell.

Richmond spoke from in front of the podium to better communicate with his “family.” He said he would speak to every person like the one family under God that we all are. He stated his faith would not be hidden behind closed doors and the activities of the parish government would be “painfully transparent.” His speech cited the four things he learned from his father, to trust, love, teach and learn from every experience.  (a live video of his speech is posted on our Facebook  page)

Other participants in the program were Pastor Steven Harris, invocation; D’Nissa Hester, National Anthem; Pastor Tommy Rush, prayer for the community; and Pastor Elbert Demery, benediction.