By Juanice Gray, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.